2017 Budget – Niger Delta Youths Reject N35 Billion Capital Allocation

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The Pan Niger Delta Youth Leadership Forum (PANDYLF) has rejected the N35.31billion allocated for capital projects in the South-South zone in the 2017 budget.

The national president of the forum, Famous Daunemigha, told reporters yesterday in Abuja that the figure appropriated was insignificant compared to what other geo-political zones of the country got.

He said the capital projects’ funds for the region was meagre in the face of infrastructural challenges confronting the region, wondering why the region that laid the golden egg should be treated with disdain.

Breakdown of funds appropriated for capital projects in the six geo-political zones in the 2017 budget showed that, North central got N207bn, North west N73.7bn, South west N48.97bn, North east N46.69bn, South-south N35.31bn and Southeast N28.22bn.

He said the fund appropriated for capital projects was unacceptable to the people of the region and urged the Federal Government to take urgent step towards preparing an executive bill to the National Assembly, to address the imbalance to forestall impending protests in the region.

There were sealed lips and frowned faces, coupled with unwelcoming body language at Abuja House, the official residence…
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