A non-governmental organisation, Budget Working Group, BWG, has lampooned the Zamfara State governor, Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari, over his tactical delay in presenting the 2016 Appropriation Bill before the state House of Assembly.
The group described the development as a deliberate, calculated attempt by the governor to cripple and disrupt the socio-economic potentials of the state and also to throw the entire people into abject poverty and hardship.
Vice chairman of the state branch of the group, Malam Rabi’u Sambo stated this over the weekend while addressing newsmen in his office in Gusau, the state capital.
Sambo said the BWG strongly faulted Governor Yari’s administration for his lukewarm attitudes not to give priority on how to design economic measures or show any visible documents on the direction for his government towards surmounting the current economic meltdown affecting the state.
The group noted that delay in the presentation of the 2016 budget proposal made the “members of the state House of Assembly to rush the entire processes, skip the annual financial appropriation defence by the MDAs on the premise of lack of time, faill to subject the bill to public hearing for the citizens’ inputs as well as made it a campaign tools which is not supposed to be done as budget process is not a business of all and not limited to anyone alone.
Sambo equally berated Governor Yari on the way the budget implementation was shrouded on secrecy and making it difficult for even those in the state public service to comprehend the level of implementation.
This development, according to the group, “has kept citizens in the dark considering the fact that no one knows the detail breakdown of what comes to the state through the monthly federal allocation, state borrowing, special grants and intervention collected since January this year, not to talk of providing an expenditure frame work on how the money was spent.”
It further alleged that the state government had failed to clearly define the approved 2015 budget, particularly in the area of roads construction, education and town planning, alleging that the 2015 approved budget was not strictly being followed and implemented.


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