OrderPaperToday – Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Nigeria have called for the abolition of Constituency projects as currently carried out in annual budgets.
The call was part of observations made during the 2016 budget review meeting between 100 Civil Society Organisations (CSO), Senate Committee on Diaspora and Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) on February 10.
While submitting details of the interaction at the floor of the Senate during Thursday’s plenary, Chairperson of the Committee on Diaspora, Mrs Rose Okoh added that the Committee was able to convince the CSOs that Constituency projects are not monies given to individual Senators.
Other observations made during the meeting was the request for the increase in the budget for agriculture, which was agreed should be pegged at 10% of the national budget in accordance with the Maputo Declaration.
There was also a condemnation of the 200million Naira allocated for the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), which the meeting insisted was very inadequate for the very important legislation which many say is long overdue.
ORDERPAPER.NG discovered that the Senate Committee and CSOs also called for the withdrawal of the allocation for purchase of electricity transformers which was included in the budget, insisting that government should not put it’s hard earned money into a privatised power sector.
Other observations include the poor allocation for teacher training, while also advocating better funding for NOSDRA to check rampant cases of oil spill in the Niger Delta.