President Muhammadu Buhari budgeted N500billion for school feeding and social SAFETY NET in the 2016 budget.
Lawan who reacting to Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe’s (PDP Abia South) reaction to the budget blamed the previous administration for the lack of funds due to the embezzlement, adding that, the 2016 budget was commendable contrary to other opinion.
He noted that the 2016 budget was the 17th budget he would be debating as a legislator and noted that not more than 40 per cent implementation was achieved in the last 16 years.
“The proposal before us is the first budget where the executive has deemed it necessary to give ordinary Nigerians genuine hope.
“N500 billion allocated for school feeding and social SAFTEY NET is commendable.
“It is time to say oil should not continue to play dominant role as we have suffered economically and politically: it is time to diversify this economy.
“The direction of the executive is the way to go. `That is, we should make every effort to have the real sector-agric mining and manufacturing.
“The budget deserves the support of everyone, including my colleagues on the other side. When we were in the opposition we supported the PDP, they should support us,” he said.