From Chuks Collins, Awka

Following the 2015 Federal Budget of N4.3trillion presented to the National Assembly by the Minister of Finance Mrs Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala with more emphasis on non-oil revenue, popular Non Governmental Organization (NGO)-the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN) has tasked the Federal Government on measures for non oil export revenue earnings to remedy the continued drop in oil price and avoid going into deeper economic quagmire capable of derailing the implementation of the overall Budget.

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TAN in an X-ray of the Budget noted that the Federal Government was perfect enough in taking into cognizance the continued setback in oil earnings to map out immediate strategies to raise fund for the Budget outside the oil sector describing the development as welcome and huge boost to the fact that President Goodluck Jonathan’s Transformation Agenda is about the wellbeing of citizens across board.

The group, in a statement by its spokesman and Director on Public Communication and Strategy, Dr Udenta O Udenta, issued on the Budget, copies made available to journalists said they were impressed that the Finance Minister on presenting the Budget declared that the hope for generating fund for its full implementation lies on the non oil sectors of the economy noting that the Federal Government in its wisdom has began in earnest to make up for oil substitutes

It quoted the Minister as saying that the Budget was presented with the impression that Nigeria is a non oil producing country pointing out that it is left for citizens to support all the measures put in place by Government to drive the country as a non oil producing state to sustain the economy.

It noted that, “the citizens as it is obtained in other countries owe it as a duty to support government measures in addressing issues that bothers on economic sustenance and national growth, government is beating the drum and blowing the trumpet that the country has to start running like it has no oil to enable things work, it is now left for the citizens to support it and avoid sabotaging it with political interest”

The group commended the Federal government for the development and called for availability of information on the measures expected from the government quarters to enable the people get along with what is in place and how they will play part assuring that TAN was fully in support of the Budget as presented by the Minister.

The NGO however charged the members of National Assembly to speed up the process of getting the Budget passed to enable government embark on implementation earlier enough.

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