BREAKING: 'Tinubu’s 2024 Budget, Deceitful, Strangulating', PDP Speaks Out

BREAKING: 'Tinubu’s 2024 Budget, Deceitful, Strangulating', PDP Speaks Out

  • The PDP has described President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s proposed N27.5 trillion budget for the 2024 fiscal year as hopeless and a huge disservice
  • PDP said if the proposed budget is passed, it will further asphyxiate Nigerians and plunge the nation into more economic depression and hopelessness
  • President Tinubu, on Wednesday, November 29, presented the N27.5 trillion 2024 budget proposal to a joint session of the 10th national assembly in Abuja — his first since assuming office in May

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FCT, Abuja - The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday, November 29, described the N27.5 trillion budget for the 2024 fiscal year as proposed by President Bola Tinubu to the national assembly as a huge disservice which, if allowed to pass, will further suffocate Nigerians and plunge our nation into more economic depression.

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The PDP said this in a statement shared on its official X (formerly Twitter) handle.

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PDP unimpressed with APC-led government’s budget. Photo credits: Rinsola Abiola, Yusuf Ibr Girma
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2024 budget to further mortgage Nigeria - PDP

The party also described the claim by President Tinubu that the budget is a Budget of Renewed Hope as “conjured, unfounded, and deceptive”. According to the PDP, the budget is “completely devoid of concrete mechanisms to revive the economy, create jobs, address the comatose manufacturing and productive sectors, human capital development deficiencies and depleting life expectancy of Nigeria citizens”.

The PDP’s statement reads:

“The 2024 budget is filled with heavily padded figures, duplicated items, and several false statistics including claims of global increase in inflation rate as an excuse for an impending excruciating increase in taxes and interest rate to the detriment of our productive sector.

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“It is clear that the 2024 budget as proposed with its heavy provisions for luxury appetite of the Presidency and All Progressives Congress (APC) leaders which is predicated and expected to be funded from multilateral and bilateral foreign loans and increased taxes on Nigerians, is designed to further mortgage our nation and strangulate the already impoverished Nigerians.”

The PDP’s statement continued:

“The budget framework with respect to Recurrent Expenditure Vote of N9.9 trillion, Capital Expenditure Vote of N8.7 trillion and N8.25 trillion for debt services is unsustainable and unrealizable in view of the stated outstanding debt and proposed borrowing which is targeted mainly to finance consumption, luxury appetite, and debt servicing.
“The lack of concrete and verifiable action plans to revive the manufacturing, energy, agricultural, and education sectors which are the main drivers of any economy is a pointer that the Tinubu-led APC government is bereft of ideas and completely disconnected from the reality of life being faced by Nigerians.

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“It is of grave concern that the President in the budget speech stated that his government has “adopted a Naira to US Dollar exchange rate of N750 per US Dollar for 2024”.
“This is a clear admission of failure, incapacity, and lack of direction by the APC administration to manage and grow the economy in such a way as to strengthen the national currency, productivity, and competitiveness in the global market.
“It has further confirmed that the numerous promises by the President and officials of his government asserting a monetary policy to strengthen the Naira have been a deceptive ploy which is consistent with the APC in the past eight and half years.
“By adopting a defeatist N750 per US Dollar exchange rate, President Tinubu has further plunged our economy into the abyss, weakened our productive sector, wrecked the purchasing power of Nigerians and the capacity of the youths to be creative, recognizing that it will be almost impossible for Small and Medium Enterprises as well as Startups to access capital under such a suffocating budget.”

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Furthermore, the Nigerian main opposition party stated that every responsible leadership strives to work and defend its national currency, but unfortunately, the Tinubu-led government has allegedly “surrendered Nigeria’s currency and pride to the whims and caprices of the so-called ‘market forces’”.

The PDP concluded:

“We insist that with a transparent, honest, and innovative management of resources and economic potentials of the nation; without inordinate pursuit of luxury consumption by a few individuals in leadership positions, as being witnessed under the APC, the economy will witness a rapid turn-around and the Naira strengthened to its value of below N200 per US Dollar bequeathed by the PDP to the APC in 2015.”

Tinubu presents 2024 budget to national assembly

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that President Tinubu arrived at the national assembly complex for the presentation of the 2024 budget estimates of N27.5 trillion.

The national assembly had earlier announced that President Tinubu would present the 2024 budget at a joint session.

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Budget: Tinubu lists 7 things to tackle

Legit.ng also reported that President Tinubu listed his priorities in the 2024 N27.5 trillion Appropriation Bill he presented to the joint national assembly on Wednesday, November 29.

Addressing the lawmakers during the presentation of the 2024 budget, the president promised a total overhauling of the internal security of the country to enhance the capabilities of the enforcement so that lives, properties, and investments in the country can be safeguarded.

Source: Legit.ng

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