Lawan urges creation of more jobs in 2021 budget

President of Senate, Ahmad Lawan has called for the consolidation of the gains of 2020 budget, especially on creation of more jobs opportunities in the country.

Lawan made the call in his opening remarks at the presentation of the 2021 budget estimates to the Joint Session of the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari.

“It is our hope that the 2021 budget will be targeted at consolidation of gains made by the 2020 budget.

“The 2020 budget was targeted at Sustaining Growth and Jobs.”

He added that the implementation of the 2020 budget has shown a remarkable improvement over the previous years.

“Certainly, the injection of funds for the various programmes and projects had helped our economy.

“We expect that before the end of this fiscal year, the 2020 budget would have been implemented 100 per cent, this will be a historic feat.

“We need to not only protect jobs but create more,”Lawan said.

He said the eventual passage of the Appropriation Bill 2020 and signing into law in record time was a clear testimony of the benefits of the legislature and the executive working together for the good of the people.

Lawan, however, said the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the nation’s plans, as it shut down economies, and affected the income and expenditure projections.

This, he said, necessitated a review of the entire budget, which the National Assembly did with profound sense of purpose, duty and patriotism.

“We were convinced that the steps we took went a long way in stabilising our economy, and in ensuring that funds were provided for critical programmes.

“As we are about to begin another fiscal plan, we shall be influenced by the desire to consolidate on our gains, coming from the hard lessons of the pandemic, and on the urgency of sustaining our diversification programmes,” he said.

Lawan assured that the National Assembly was ready to pass the 2021 budget before the end of the year.

This, he said, would boost planning and enhance productivity and efficiency in the management and application of resources.

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