Politics 2016 Budget: How National Assembly Shortchanged South to Favour the North


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Fresh reports have exposed how the National assembly cancelled development projects in southern Nigeria then divert the money for more development projects in the north.

According to ThisDay, in a shocking move, the lawmakers scrapped the N80 billion earmarked Lagos-Calabar rail project diverting N40 billion from the earmarked Lagos-Calabar rail project to the Lagos-Kano rail project. Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari has insisted that he will review the 2016 Appropriation Bill passed by the National Assembly.

Buhari said he would check if passed bill is in-line with his agenda for the country.

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The balance of N40 billion was then distributed to projects located in the north, mainly roads – many of which are located in the constituencies of the appropriation committee chairmen in the senate and House of Representatives, Senator Danjuma Goje and Hon. Abdulmumini Jibrin, respectively.

The Lagos-Calabar rail project is joint project between Nigeria’s federal government and the government of China.

It was also reported that the project is one of the reasons why President Buhari is visiting china.






Source: ThisDay
 
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