The Federal Government has been advised to push for early passage of 2018 budget to facilitate rapid infrastructure development. The former President, Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN), Dr Samuel Nzekwe, gave this advice in Ota, Ogun State.
He urged the National Assembly to pass the budget on time to allow the government undertakes massive infrastructure development in power, roads and rail sector in 2018.
Nzekwe said: “There is the need for the Federal Government to work according to the budget so that it could achieve most of its goals in 2018.” He noted that the late passage of the 2017 budget led to the non-payment of local contractors and imposition of hardship on the people.
Infrastructure deficit, the former ANAN president said, was the major problem facing the nation. “Stable power supply and other amenities are the backbones of any nation because no economy can thrive and move forward positively without infrastructure development,” he said.
Nzekwe also said power supply was imperative for the nation’s industries to thrive and provide employment opportunities for youths in order to eradicate poverty in the country.
He, however, implored the government to formulate peoples oriented policies that would benefit all in 2018.