2024 budget: Northern Senators allege unfair treatment


The Northern Senators Forum has alleged unfair treatment of the region in the projections and provisions of the N28.7tn 2024 budget.


The Senators also lamented the relocation of some federal agencies to Lagos State.


They, however, assured their constituents of their commitment towards addressing their concerns regarding certain decisions and policies put forth by the Federal Government.


The Senators stated this in reaction to the outrage that greeted the decision of the federal government to relocate the headquarters of Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, and some departments of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, from Abuja to Lagos.


The northerners have also raised concern over what they described as the lopsided allocation of funds in the 2024 budget, calling on their representatives at the National Assembly to rise up against any move to undermine the Northern region.


In a statement by its spokesman, Sen. Suleiman Kawu Sumaila, representing Kano South Senatorial District, the Forum said it was committed to addressing the concerns of the Northerners.


He said, “As representatives of the people at the national level (Senate), we are committed to addressing the concerns and feelings of our constituents regarding certain decisions and policies put forth by the federal government – lopsidedness in the distribution and allocation of resources in the 2024 budget, as well as relocation of some federal agencies from Abuja to Lagos.”


He disclosed that, “we understand the importance of fostering a harmonious relationship between the government and its citizens, and it is in this spirit that we are announcing our collective efforts to seek an amicable resolution to these pressing issues, within the confines of our constitution and existing laws.


“First and foremost, let us assure our constituents that we have taken their concerns seriously and are actively engaging with our colleagues in order to address these matters effectively.


“We firmly believe in the power of open dialogue and collaboration to bring about positive change for our nation.


“Throughout our term in office, our primary objective has been to advocate for the well-being and best interests of those we represent. We recognize the significance of our role as a bridge between the people and their government, and it is with great responsibility and dedication that we undertake this task.”

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