Northern Senators Allege Funds Allocation in 2024 Budget Skewed against Region

Sunday Aborisade in Abuja

Senators from the northern part of the country, numbering 58 out of the 109 members in the red chamber, yesterday, alleged that projections and provisions in the N28.7trm 2024 budget, were lopsided and skewed  against their region.

They also kicked against the relocation of some federal agencies to Lagos.

They, nevertheless, asked their constituents to remain calm as they had started an engagement with the executive arm of government led by President Bola Tinubu on the matter.

The federal lawmakers threatened to explore legal and other constitutional means in case the dialogue fails.

The senators made these known in a statement signed by their spokesperson, Senator Suleiman Kawu Summaila (NNPP Kano South).

The statement noted that all lawful  means to reverse the lopsidedness would be explored until justice is done.

Titled, “Allocation and distribution of funds in 2024 National Budget and Relocation of some Federal Agencies to Lagos,” part of the statement read: “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.

“In particular, lopsidedness in the distribution and allocation of resources in the 2024 budget, relocation of some federal agencies from Abuja to Lagos are seriously viewed  by us as disturbing.

“We understand the importance of fostering a harmonious relationship between the government and its citizens,

“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.

“We are assuring our constituents that we have taken their concerns seriously and are actively engaging with our colleagues in order to address these matters effectively.

“We firmly believe in the power of open dialogue and collaboration to bring about positive change for our nation.

“We recognize the significance of our role as a bridge between the people and their government, and it is with great responsibility and dedication that we undertake this task.”

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