The member representing Kaga/Gubio/Magumeri federal constituency of Borno State, Hon. Mohammed Sanda Ngamdu has expressed optimism
that the 2017 budget would usher in massive reconstruction of infrastructure in the Northeast.
In an interview with newsmen in Abuja, the lawmaker recalled that in the last few years, the federal government could not implement its budget in the zone due to insecurity.
He lamented that projects were abandoned all over the north east, a situation he noted had created serious hardship for the people.
“There are abandoned federal and state government’s projects all over the Northeast, but with improvement in security, I am optimistic that 2017 budget will be implemented satisfactorily”, he said.
He noted that Kano to Maiduguri road dualization, which was earlier abandoned, was now being constructed by a Chinese.
The lawmaker ruled out any possible face-off with the executive in the course of budget presentation on Thursday over non-implementation of 2016 budget, noting that it was a ceremony where Mr. President would traditionally lay the documents.
“I don’t envisage any face-off with the executive for non implementation of 2016 budget this time. There will be no question from legislators as this is not the time for questions and answers.
“Mr. President will present his speech, lay the budget and leave and that is all”, he said.
He added that the country stood to gain from commercial potentials of the North east, stressing that trans-border commercial activities which were stopped due to security challenges had affected the nation economically.
“There is nothing coming into Nigeria through Niger, Chad, Senegal up to North Africa again due to insurgency, but we hope for complete restoration of trans border transactions in 2017”, he maintained.