One of the foremost support groups of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the South West, Yoruba Progressive Youths (YPY) has joined other Nigerians in commending the 10th House of Representatives, for the swift passage of the 2024 Appropriation Bill.
Otunba Kola Salau, President of the group, in a statement Sunday afternoon, described the Rt. Hon. Tajudeen Abbas-led House as “most proactive and patriotic”.
Salau specifically acknowledged “the dexterity with which the Chairman, House Committee on Appropriation, Hon. Abubakar Bichi conducted the budget scrutiny and how he advanced the interest of the general public far above his personal interest”.
He said, “worthy of commendation is a man that many Nigerians didn’t believe would deliver on mandate. The Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation, RT. Hon. Abubakar Bichi is the man of the year. He dazzled the naysayers and came out clean and beat the record as the first Chairman of Committee who delivered on Appropriation Bill within one month.
“We watched with disbelief, how Hon. Bichi coordinated his Colleagues, especially Committee Chairmen to beat the time frame of January-December budget circle, even when he had no much time in his disposal.
“We are happy that Bichi and his Committee didn’t disappoint us. The Yoruba Progressive Youths celebrate his sincerity, we celebrate his doggedness, we celebrate his patriotism and determination, to contribute to the attainment of the renewed hope mantra of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu”.
The group also pledged total loyalty and support to the leadership of the 10th House, for providing enabling environment for the smooth legislative activities on the 2024 Appropriation Bill, saying, “it is now confirmed that the legislature is not working to sabotage the good intentions of our dear President Bola Ahmed Tinubu”.
While appreciating all Members of the National Assembly for rising to the occasion of patriotism by denying themselves sleep and comfort, in making sure Nigeria gets it right; the group also called on President Tinubu to quickly attend to the budget, in order to ameliorate the many inherited sufferings being faced by Nigerians.
Recall that President Tinubu had on the 29th November, 2023, presented the 2024 Appropriation estimates of N27.5 trillion to the joint session of the National Assembly.
The Lawmakers subsequently adjourned sittings for three weeks, to enable them interface with various ministries, departments and agencies of Government for budget scrutiny.
The House also called off the Christmas vacation on Saturday, 30th December, 2023, to pass the 2024 budget, with an increase in capital component by N1.27 trillion.