MEND-Militants

 

Slow implementation of the 2016 budget has been attributed to the continuous destruction of oil installations in the Niger Delta region by militants.
The presidency dropped the hint on Sunday, adding that the economy had been largely affected.

Nigerians are yet to feel the impact of the budget signed into law by president Muhammadu Buhari on May 6, 2016.

Special Adviser to the president, on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, who spoke at a phone-in Programme on Channels television Sunday night, disclosed that the government had commenced dialogue with the militants to find lasting solution to the restiveness in the region.

He said, “Yes the budget has been passed. The intention is to implement that budget as much as possible but then the circumstances are making it difficult because projections are not being met because of what is happening in the Niger Delta and other parts of the economy.

“But as much as possible the government would still adhere to that project as much as revenue will permit and allow.

“Every option is on the table. There was never a time anything was ruled out. All the options were on the table.

“You will recall that when some South South leaders visited the President led by King Alfred Diete-Spiff, he also disclosed that he had encouraged the security agencies to dialogue with the militant and the leadership of that region.

“So, there was never a time that anything was ruled out; since the insurgency began, there had always been dialogue,” Adesina explained.
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