The N6.08 trillion 2016 budget proposal presented by President Muhammadu Buhari to the National Assembly earlier this week has been described as the best ever in the nation’s history by renowned legal practitioner and rights activist, Chief Ayo Opadokun.
Mr. Opadokun described the budget as practically pro-masses.
A breakdown of the budget summary indicates the federal government will embark on a conditional cash transfer programme for vulnerable Nigerians, employment of 500,000 teachers and massive investment in infrastructural projects among others.
Speaking with journalists during the 13th edition of Ayo Opadokun’s Christmas Carol in Offa, Kwara State, the former General Secretary of the defunct National Democratic Coalition (NADECO), stressed that with the allocation of larger proportion of the budget (30 per cent) to capital expenditure, Nigeria is moving towards real change, all round transformation, growth and development.
Opadokun stated that since the discovery of Nigeria as a country, the nation has never allocated such a huge percentage of resources to infrastructural development.
On the breakdown of the budget, Opadokun said with the 30 per cent votes for capital expenditure as well as a reasonable proportion for education, Nigeria has begun a journey of certainty and reality.
The legal practitioner pointed out that the budget gives thorough and adequate attention to all sectors and technically represents the wider interests, aspirations and collective wishes of Nigerians.