Hours after the presentation of N16.39 trillion 2022 budget to the articulation session of the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari on Thur, Mohammed Gudaji Kazaure declared that the budget and preceding ones over the years are to a greater extent favourable to the elites in implementation than the masses.
Kazaure who represents Kazaure/Roni/Gwiwa/Yankwashi Federal Constituency of Jigawa Province stated this in an explosive interview with select journalists in his business office.
To halt the ugly trend, he called for a state of war against corruption in the country, saying, the looting and “pen robbery” in the public service system was responsible for the grounding of the land’s economic system.
Patch many federal lawmakers from both the Senate and the House
of Representatives after the budget presentation, expressed hope that its projections and proposals, whether good implemented, would be favourable to Nigerians and Nigeria; Kazaure said the elites, as experienced in the past times, would advatage from whatever gains or benefits packaged in the proposals.
“The N16.39tr 2022 budget, as far as I am concerned, and based on outcomes of preceding ones over the years, is for the elites and not the masses who constitute the largest per centum of the country’s population.
“President Buhari, similar his predecessors, may in their possess intentions, want provisions of such budgetary proposals, favourable to all, but implementations of such budgets over the years clearly demo that the elites and not the masses are largely the beneficiaries.
“This is so singularly because of the malignant or systemic corruption in the public or civil service system used as mechanism for implementation of the budgets”, he said.
According to him, in stopping the yearly financial ritual from beingness largely pocketed by the elites in specific, the civil or public servants, the state of war on corruption should be aggressively fought proactively and not just by mouthing or media trials.
He pointedly declared that for the state of war to be strong and effective, all the bodies set upward for it similar the Economical and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), The Nigeria Constabulary etc, should be proactive in their operations and not reactive.
Existence proactive he explained, requires investigation of the wealth of those occupying public offices, either elective or appointive templates.
“There are a lot of directors in authorities offices having estates in high forehead areas across the important cities in the country and living in mansions that totality of their salaries and emoluments for 35 years can not be built.
“These are properties that should be investigated first of all as regards ownership for the required identities of those in the system cornering monies meant for the full general good of Nigerians.
“Whether these corrupt and fraudulent minded people within the system are exposed and dealt with, there will be to a greater extent than plenty money for the authorities to implement the yearly Budgets without resorting to borrowings in whatever way.
“The most worrisome of it all is that fifty-fifty the chunk of monies beingness borrowed to finance our deficit budgeting is beingness stolen by those saddled with budget implementation at different levels through fraudulent ways of contracts biddings, awards and splitting.
“We should have no business with borrowings whether all the loopholes with in the system are blocked and tightened”, Kazure added.
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