Senate President, Bukola Saraki, urged Senate standing committees to ensure equitable distribution of projects in budget 2017. He spoke while committing the 2017 Appropriation Bill to the Appropriation Committee after a three-day debate of the general principles of the fiscal document.
Saraki noted that only equitable distribution of projects would assuage the feeling of those who felt that their zones were not adequately represented in the budget. He added that equitable distribution of resources would give a sense of belonging to all parts of the country. Senators of the Southeast geo-political zone had complained bitterly that their zone was not fairly treated in the allocation of resource in the budget.
They noted that the zone got a paltry N14 billion worth of projects in a budget of N7.298 trillion. Saraki said: “While we are doing the exercise, the issues raised by our colleagues on the equitable distribution of projects should be considered.