The All Nigeria Peoples Party [ANPP] received with interest the news that the House of Representatives said it will not accept the 2013 Appropriation bill from President Goodluck Jonathan until it is satisfied with the implementation of the 2012 budget, while subsequently suspending plenary session for one week to allow its committees carry out inspection of all capital projects for which monies were voted in the 2012 budget. We believe this is a step in the right direction and a veritable implement to check the excesses of the Executive Arm of Government.
We are all witnesses to the gross misconduct exhibited by the Executive in its near-total failure to comply with the budget. Year in and year out Nigerians live with executive excesses and this takes a toll on the standard of living of the ordinary citizen. It is disheartening that monies that have been apportioned in the Appropriation Bill to alleviate the suffering of the masses are returned at the end of the year with the excuse that budget implementation has failed; we all know that these funds never find their way back to the people’s projects but are systematically siphoned through a failed system largely engendered by lax checks and balances.
Our great party therefore wishes to express its determination to always stand by the National Assembly in matters that touch on the welfare of ordinary Nigerians, people who for no fault of theirs have been denied the milk and honey flowing in this nation through sheer executive misconduct. We are glad that this present House is determined to provoke accountability and efficiency in government, while curbing the pervading culture of impunity which is a major cankerworm eating into the fiscal fabric of the Federation.
Hon Emma Eneukwu
National Publicity Secretary