Fifty-eight lawmakers from the Northern Senators Forum are expressing dissatisfaction with the N28.7 trillion 2024 budget, asserting that the budget’s projections and provisions are unjust towards the North.
In a statement titled, “Allocation and distribution of funds in 2024 National Budget and Relocation of some Federal Agencies to Lagos,” released on Monday, January 22, and signed by their spokesperson, Senator Suleiman Kawu Summaila (NNPP, Kano South), the senators raised concerns about what they perceive as an imbalance in the budget.
The lawmakers, based in Abuja, stated that they are contemplating legal action to address their grievances, which notably include opposition to the relocation of certain government agencies from Abuja to Lagos. The senators are advocating for a fairer distribution of funds in the budget, expressing their commitment to addressing these issues through the appropriate legal channels.
The statement reads in part;
“As representatives of the people at the national level (Senate), we are committed to addressing the concerns and feelings of our constituents regarding certain decisions and policies put forth by the Federal Government; and the lopsidedness in the distribution and allocation of resources in the 2024 budget, relocation of some federal agencies from Abuja to Lagos.
We understand the importance of fostering a harmonious relationship between the government and its citizens, and it is in this spirit that we are announcing our collective efforts to seek an amicable resolution to these pressing issues, within the confines of our constitution and existing laws.
First and foremost, let us assure our constituents that we have taken their concerns seriously and are actively engaging with our colleagues to address these matters effectively. We firmly believe in the power of open dialogue and collaboration to bring about positive change for our nation.”
The N28 .7tn 2024 budget was passed for third reading by both chambers of the National Assembly on December 30, 2023, and was assented to by President Bola Tinubu on Monday, January 1, 2024.