As all is now set to return the 2016 budget to the Nigerian National Assembly after the presidency Noticed Omissions and re-allocations that has fallen below the expectation of Mr President according to his spokesman. Many Nigerians have spoken out over the move by the National Assembly concerning the 2016 budget.
Peeved with the development is a Port Harcourt based public affairs analyst and the spokesperson for a Popular group known as “The Patriot Alliance”. Mr. Solomon Nnam Okocha
His words: “BRUCE IS THE NEW JUDAS
So the ‘common sense’ Senator, Ben Murray-Bruce, agreed to the removal of the N80 billion Lagos-Calabar Coastal Rail Project? Why? Because he doesn’t like Amaechi’s face? Or is it because there’s no money to share?
The Calabar – Lagos coastal rail line is expected to link Calabar – Uyo – Port Harcourt – Otueke – Asaba – Benin – Lagos. The economic benefits that will accrue to the people of the Niger Delta region is beyond measures as far as this project is concerned. So why expunge it from the 2016 budget? Why?
Funny enough, the National Assembly approved the Lagos-Kano rail project, which had a proposed budget of N100 billion, and then took N40 billion from the Lagos-Calabar rail project and added it to the Lagos-Kano rail project to make it N140 billion. The balance of N40 billion was then distributed to projects located in the north, mainly roads – many of which are located in the constituencies of the Appropriation Committee Chairmen in the Senate and House of Representatives, Senator Danjuma Goje and Hon. Abdulmumini Jibrin, respectively. While Goje hails from Gombe, Jubrin is from Kano State.
Senator Ben, who was mute throughout former President Jonathan’s ineffectual reign, suddenly found his voice when a Fulani/Hausa Muslim man took over power. Now again, he has lost his voice over a matter that directly impacts on the lives of his ‘suffering’ people.
I’m very sure he’s waiting for something to tweet about the northern domination of Nigeria, or how Fulani herds men have evaded the middle belt, or how he’s going to donate his wardrobe allowance to Osun workers et al. Do you know hypocrisy! We can now see how ‘common’ his sense is.
My name is Solomon Okocha, and I’m telling you that leadership is not ‘common sense’.”
Also lending his voice to the move by the National Assembly, is a political analyst. Mr. Esara Oniso Benjamin.
His words: “The Senators and Representatives from the South South geopolitical zone are a complete embarrassment to the region.
Chief among them are Sen. Francis Alimikhena (APC Edo North and Deputy Chief Whip), Sen. Godswill Akpabio (PDP A/Ibom North West and Senate Minority Leader) and Twitternator Ben Murray-Bruce (PDP Bayelsa East).
Where were these people when the South South was being robbed in broad daylight of the Calabar-Lagos Coastal Rail line?
Where is their duty to the region?
I remember in 2010, when Rt. Hon. Asita Honourable stood on the floors of the House of Representatives to demand that a resolution be passed to empower then Vice President Goodluck Jonathan to take over as Acting President as against mounting pressures. His doggedness in protecting the interest of the South South forced the House into an unprecedented two Executive sessions in a single day. And we got victory.
It’s unfortunate that partisanship has overruled commonsense, and I bet Ben Murray-Bruce was on Twitter writing nonsense on the day this project was removed from the budget.
These Senators and Representatives should better seat up NOW”
Aggrieved Nigerians continued to lend their voices by speaking out their thoughts. In an interview with a former Councillor under the administration of Rt Hon. Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi, Hon. Somiari Ogolo (Esq).
He was quoted as saying: “The removal of the rail and other mega projects deliberately from the benefit which ought to primarily benefit our people in job provision and improve our rail transport system, clearly defines the quality of senators the South-south zone has in the National Assembly. They obviously mean no well for her people.”