The Deputy Chief Whip of the House of Representatives, Pally Iriase, has raised an alarm over inadequate budgetary provision for the Benin-Owena River Basin Authority (BORBDA) in the 2017 budget estimates.
Addressing a press conference in Abuja, Iriase said details of the budget proposal showed that the recurrent proposal for the basin is N30.6 million, while the capital component is N755 million, describing the amount as paltry.
The lawmaker, who represents Owan Federal Constituency of Edo State, said the river basin authority serves four states and that its activities are too enormous for it to be allocated such amount.
He said for the federal government’s efforts at diversifying the country’s economy through agriculture to succeed, it must take a second look at the allocation given to the river basin authority with a view to reviewing it upward since the budget process is still on.
If you are happy to be contacted by a Daily Trust journalist please leave a telephone
number that we can contact you on. In some cases a selection of your comments will
be published, displaying your name as you provide it and location, unless you state
otherwise. Your contact details will never be published. When sending us pictures,
video or eyewitness accounts at no time should you endanger yourself or others,
take any unnecessary risks or infringe any laws. Please ensure you have read the
terms and conditions.