Agbaje knocks Ambode for delaying Lagos budget

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The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Lagos State , Jimi Agbaje, has criticised the state Governor , Akinwunmi Ambode , for the delay in the presentation of the 2019 budget .

Agbaje, who said he was not surprised by the development, noted that Lagos residents were bearing the brunt for the breakdown of democracy in the ruling All Progressives Congress .

The PDP candidate, who spoke on Wednesday, added that he did not expect any serious governance in the state until after May 2019 when a new government would be constituted .

“ The present governor has become a lame duck . We hear that approvals are now given in other quarters . When democracy collapses in a ruling party, the people bear the brunt ,” Agbaje said in a text message to our correspondent.
For 10 years the Lagos State Government had a culture of budget presentation before the fiscal year.

The 2018 budget of N1 . 4trn for instance, which was the largest in the history of the state , was presented by Ambode on December 11, 2017.

The 2017 budget of N 813 bn was also presented by the governor on November 29, 2016.

The 2016 budget of N 662bn was presented on December 17, 2015.

The governor ’s predecessor, Mr Babatunde Fashola, now Minister of Power, Works and Housing , presented the 2015 budget of N 489. 69bn on November 24, 2014.

He presented the 2014 budget of N 489 .69bn in October 2013.

The 2013 budget of N 497 .277 bn was also presented by Fashola in October 2012.

The former governor presented the 2012 budget estimate of N 485bn on November 14, 2011.

A government source said a lot of forces outside government were influencing decisions in the Ambode – led administration .

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