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Senior civil servants task FG on budget implementation

Lagos— The Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, ASCSN, yesterday called on the Federal Government to ensure effective implementation of the 2012 budget to regain public confidence.

Secretary General of the association, Mr Solomon Onaghinon, said in Lagos that only about 34 per cent of projects earmarked for implementation in annual budgets were usually carried out.

He said: “What happens to others and their allocations?”

He said that the inability of the government to live up to its words had made many Nigerians to lose confidence in it.

The unionist said Nigerians were not confident that the government would utilise the expected windfall from the removal of fuel subsidy  if it is finally removed.

Onaghinon said: “The greatest problem in Nigeria now is making people to believe the policies and promises of the Federal Government.

“Some of the government policies are difficult to understand because they are not fulfilled.”

Onaghinon urged the Federal Government to resuscitate Nigeria’s refineries before removing the subsidy.

He said that Nigerians would not be able to support government plans on the deregulation of the downstream sector of the petroleum industry, if the refineries  were not functioning.


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