2018 budget ‘dead on arrival’ — Senator

The Nigerian Senate
The Nigerian Senate

The Nigerian Senate was on Tuesday thrown into a noisy session when Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe (PDP, Abia South) said the 2018 budget was “fictitious” and “dead on arrival”.

The Senator made the comment as the Senate opened debate on the 2018 budget presented by President Muhammadu Buhari.

“What we debate usually is the general principles. What are we debating about a document that is totally fictitious?” he said.

His statement prompted the leader of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan (APC, Yobe North), to come under section 53(7) of the senate rule to caution his colleague.

He said, “It shall be out of order to use offensive and inventive language. Mr President, to call a document that the president of the federal republic of Nigeria presented to the National Assembly fictitious is improper and unparliamentary.”

The warning however did not deter Mr. Abaribe as he continued by quoting the leader of the Senate in his speech.

“Mr. President, quoting the Senate leader in his speech,” he said, “the 2018 budget is designed to consolidate on the achievements of the 2016 and the 2017 budgets.

“What was done in 2017 when less than 15% of that budget was released?
Nothing was done. That is why I call it fictitious. I’m very sorry if that is the word he is bothered about. I withdraw the word fictitious and say that this is totally imaginary.

“Because nothing was done in 2017. That is a fact that we all know,” he said.

“Without going into the debate and the specifics, I can also say this: in the leader’s speech, he said ‘there was so much money that was received in 2017 and therefore there’s an estimate of N11 trillion to be gotten…and we know that as at last week, the total receivables that this government got was one-tenth of what was stated publicly.

“(Out of) the budget in 2017 of eight hundred and sixty something billion to be received, what was received was 150 billion. In what sense will the 2018 budget be predicated on an assumption that the facts have already destroyed.

“You are assuming 11 trillion, yet you are getting less than 1 trillion. That is why I said, with all due respect to my colleagues, rather than continuing to this debate that has no basis in reality, we may just continue to beg this government to be very specific in the indication of the assumptions underlined in the budget.


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  • GrasscutterXterminator-Messi

    First a disappearing/stolen budget.
    Then a Rat eating part of the budget
    Next a padded budget
    Now a FICTICIOUS/DEAD BUDGET..as in GHOST BUDGET!
    Ahahaha!
    ONLY 15% of the 2017 budget was realeased..and that’s what They want to ‘consolidate’ on.
    Consolidation of FAILURE!
    BUHAHAHAHA!!!
    A-fee-cee, una welldone oooO!
    LWKMD!!

    • Malik Isah

      you never talk wetin dey vex you. go home, you lost since march 2015

      • Reginald Dandeson

        Some of you are very big disappointment and big shame to this country. What is democracy all about? It is basically about having leaders who emerge through the ballot box. The next election is just about 14 months away and yet some of you are still cocooned in the euphoria of the a 2015 victory and loss rather than looking forward to the approaching general elections. Why is Nigeria so cursed?

        • Malik Isah

          go home

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  • Isaac Azor

    Abaribe, where is your Kanu? There is trouble o!

  • Ade

    Good or bad budget, some of this senators have already determined to antagonize and pull down this government, this is how it started last year that take them five to six months to pass budget and many of them cannot even run a supermarket as big as shopright successfully.

  • Daniel

    When you have an economic illiterate as president, what do you expect?

    Nigeria is a joke in many ways.

    • Dominion

      If you call the President of Nigeria illiterate, what are you and your generations? You have no sense in all ramification and guess your parents fail to give you proper upbringing. Bastard you are.

      • Daniel

        Accept my sympathies.

        To be president does not make you superhuman.

        Buhari does not know jack about economics.

  • tinubuthief

    What else do you expect from a primary school certificate holder President?

  • chinedu

    The difference between a professional and the ignorant is known facts. Where a professional talks based on knowledge and facts,the ignorant weeps up unnecessary sentiments. How many people know and understand what econometrics is? Abaribe is a professional here and he has spoken as one. And until Nigeria does away with the current mediocrity in the finance and budget ministries, the country is heading towards being the poorest nation of the world. I support senator Abaribe on this. Let the truth be told. We are tired of the lies and propaganda.
    ..

    • Mallamologuntere Kayode Ridwan

      Abaribe is a professional fool.2017 budget has two components of re current and capital,in the ratio of 70%to 30%.if the government has paid salaries and entitlement which is part of the recurrent and all agencies and ministries of government are functioning and got their running cost, Then abaribe is surely a voodoo professional/economist. I guess he is suffering from the KANU effect.

  • Abdulkadir

    It will be fictitious since nothing get to you as constituency project.

  • Musa Gunu

    While I don’t like the name callings here that I’m seeing, over people expressing their opinions, I think for the first time, I’m agreeing with Sen Abaribe that, the 2018 budget, judging by the performance of the current 2017 budget, is simply unrealistic.
    This is for the fact that, almost half way in implementing, only the Personnel segment of the Recurrent component has been fully implemented. The last time overhead was released to MDAs was in May. Which means most of them are simply not functioning properly or they’re indebted. The capital segment of the Budget is less than 20% overall performance.
    So, consideri