Senator Bukola Saraki, the president of senate, has advised the Muhammadu Buhari-led government to show clarity and consistency in its policies.
“It is also observable that non-oil revenue performances have been impacted by policy inconsistencies and leakages”, said Saraki at the opening of the National Assembly’s public hearing on 2018 budget. He also claimed the executive arm ignored demand for a 2018 Finance Bill, saying it “will square up to its financial projections for 2018”.
Furthemore, the senate president stressed the need for even distribution of infrastructural projects “to achieve equity and balance”. Referencing concerns expressed by Bill Gates to the Nigerian Government, Saraki nudged the government to “prioritise human capital development, health and education, adding tailor-made legislations would be made in that regard.
He added that the 1% contribution from the National Consolidated Fund for the funding of the Basic Health Fund has not been complied with. Saraki suggests that 86 billion naira was outstanding. The fund “would go a long way in boosting basic maternal and child health immunisation services as well as local and rural community health”, said Senator Saraki.