Our girls are still missing since April 15, 2014, contravening UN-SDGs Sustainable Development Goals 4, 5 and 16 the yardsticks for development set by the United Nations. Work for their release. Please access #FreedomForGirls film on Youtube by ‘Beyonce and 100 girls’ and show As Many Girls As Possible – AMGAP – and at home, school and work. Please spread the film word to achieve SDG 5-Gender Equality. No girl should not see this Youtube download.
Belgian judge has 24 hours to determine bail for the Catalan leadership. In Nigeria it can take 24 days for the same bail determination. Is it our judges, courts, counsel or awaiting trial persons obstructing a similarly swift progression of the law in Nigeria?
Let no politician sitting so arrogantly comfortable in National Assembly (NASS) get more comfortable because their red seats should be on fire with the budget 2018. Let not one of them be in any doubt about the immediate priority for Nigeria and all Nigerians for speedy budget passage by December 31 even if it means postponing their numerous breaks and holidays.
So far some of them have screwed up the reason for their senator-ship or representation of their people in NASS. The latter is a constitutional necessity and Presidential right – finito! The APC government peppered, many say polluted, with ‘double degree holders’ –‘PDP, APC’ who soon may get another one making them Triple degree holders PDP, APC, PDP. They are now conveniently APC/ ex-PDP mostly ‘on-sabbatical’ in APC or ‘on survival’ for financial reasons in APC. Nigerians are allowed to suspect from what has happened so far that they are ‘on-sabotage’ masquerading as APC, in a malignant mis-marriage of very strange bedfellows doing Nigeria no democratic good. Nigerians are hoping to see a new constructive not destructive seriousness in parliamentary budgetary process in line with an APC desirous of moving this country forward. The parliament needs to set its democracy demons aside and become the first NASS/ Senate to meet the internationally logical democratic deadline of December 31 for budget passage.
Parliament need to sign up to the APC government and get on board the ‘Ease of Doing Business’ policy , in this case ‘Ease of Doing Budget Passage Business’ in Nigeria – an Oath-Related Responsibility of lawmakers who are supposed to be facilitators with ‘reasonable modifications’ not ‘Spoilers with powers to delay, rewrite and completely redirect the budget’. They are not ‘government’, but lawmakers! This budget could become a landmark, a trail-blazer for future NASS/ senates by laying precedent. The APC/ ex-PDP on sabbatical/on-sabotage should not fall foul of, or be seen to collude with those who would maliciously delay the budget beyond December 31. Why? Probably to spite Fellow Nigerians, this government and Buhari in particular. Perhaps also as punishment for cutting off the gravy train that bill-passing is rumoured to have been in the past by providing for them Ghana Must Go Bullion Bags as ‘Bribes-for –Bills’ while perhaps quibbling over funds for hospitals and schools. In many citizens’ eyes and hearts, the NASS lowered itself to disgrace by vainglorious grandstanding and manipulating the APC’s budget in 2017, by insertion of Constituency Projects, removing funds from the Lagos Ibadan Expressway the central transport artery feeding all Nigerians added to their historically immoral salary structure and mostly nauseating performance on nightly TV. This was indeed a Pyrrhic victory for NASS as whatever it gained in the budget was lost in the court of public opinion. But perhaps NASS does not care much for citizens’ collective opinions. Can it redeem itself with this 2018 budget process? No one expects NASS to be a rubber stamp but it has no right to be a brick wall.
What a glory for this NASS/Senate if it achieves timely passage by December 31 or earlier – quite an ordinary feat worldwide! In Nigeria we must make mountains out of mole hills and bridges out of flyovers. It would be political suicide of election-losing proportions for any NASS member to stop the wheel of timely passage of the budget, especially for perceived selfish petty political gain like constituency projects. And spoiling the APC record. Nigerians must wait for such failed politicians at the election and fail them too! The 150m odd citizens would happily applaud the NASS/Senate if they complied with common sense and the dictate of accountancy, audit, logic and even democratic norms worldwide, not dividends of democracy. All eyes and ears should be tuned to NASS/ Senate to see if they have the political integrity, intellect and cranial capacity to divert their personal democratic disaster and to understand that budget approval time, the ease of ‘Doing Budget Business’ is not the time to hold Nigeria to ransom by fighting, a stalemate or a standstill. Any delay beyond December 31 will diminish and disgrace the NASS/ Senate in the eyes of the citizens and be an insulting denial of the rights of citizens to rapid development. NASS is sitting an exam during this budget session and we the examiners will follow their progress in the media daily and mark their performance and reward them appropriately at the next election. Contact your NASS members now and warn about this budget issue. NASS is not a deity or divine, just s-elected people in a room with a responsibility they often fail to deliver!
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Author: Tony Marinho