The atmosphere was charged, yesterday, as participants at the special Town Hall meeting organized by Ministry of Information and Culture, in collaboration with the Alumni Association of National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, AANI, in Abuja, confronted nine ministers, demanding for quick remedy to the current economic hardship in the country.
Some of the aggrieved participants told the ministers that Nigerians were tired of the talkshops and that government should do more to put food on their tables. Speaking at the meeting, Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma, said 2017 Budget would be submitted to the National Assembly by October this year.
According to the minister, necessary consultations on preparing the 2017 budget are ongoing. He revealed that government had already released N331.5 billion to date, as part of capital allocation of the 2016 budget, to key ministries covering sectors that will turn around the economy. He said the ministries that received the capital released were power, works and housing, defence and security, water resources, transportation, agriculture and Niger Delta.
PS: An eye witness at the session reached out to us to state that this was indeed never the case as in her own words, this proved to be the most peaceful town hall meeting to date.