The Chairman, Lagos chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Archbishop Stephen Adegbite, says religious leaders have the role of praying that the proposed 2024 Budget of Renewed Hope lives up to its name.
Adegbite spoke in Lagos on Thursday, against the backdrop of President Bola Tinubu’s budget presentation to the National Assembly on Wednesday.
He specifically mentioned the priority given to defence and security in the budget proposal, saying it would help actualise other areas targeted in the document and make life better in the country.
President Tinubu had presented an Appropriation Bill of N27.5 trillion, tagged: “Budget of Renewed Hope’’ to the National Assembly on Wednesday.
“Defence and internal security are accorded top priority.
“The internal security architecture will be overhauled to enhance law enforcement capabilities and safeguard lives, property and investments across the country,” he had said.
Adegbite said that, no country could achieve greatness without security in the land.
According to him, with the premium given to security, the positive impact in the nation’s security architecture will dovetail to other facets of the nation’s social life.
“As a faith leader and Gospel preacher, the spate of violent crimes in some parts of the country in the recent past have been of concern to me, just like others.
“Therefore, any policy act geared toward curtailing those should be a welcome one, we should pray for its implementation.
“It is tagged budget of renewed hope, I have no doubt in my mind that the plan will be religiously accomplished to give to the country the much desired peace that has eluded it for some time,” he said.
He said that religious leaders would continue to pray for the President, his team and the country for divine direction as they set out to do right the wrongs in the society, with a view to making life good for the citizens.
The Chief Imam, Falomo Central Mosque, Dr Tajudeen Adebayo, said that, with the sufferings in the land, the budget was tailored to allay the people’s fear on social security.
Adebayo, tasked the state to weed out corrupt elements in the system to further reassure the people that the budget was people- oriented.
Prophet Wale Ojo-David, of the Harvest Centre Mission, Ikorodu, Lagos, said that, with the macro economic drivers in the plan, there would be a revamp in the nation’s critical infrastructure.
He added that with the mainstreaming of elements of human capital development in the proposal, people’s confidence in the state would be restored.
Recall that Tinubu had said at the presentation that government would focus on ensuring value for money, greater transparency, and accountability.
He assured that government would also work more closely with development partners and the private sector for effective budget performance.
Tinubu said also that his administration would implement business and investment-friendly measures for sustainable growth, expecting the economy to grow by a minimum of 3.76 per cent, which is higher than the forecast world average.
The 2024 budget was benchmarked on a conservative oil price of 77.96 dollars per barrel and a daily oil production estimate of 1.78 million barrels.
Tinubu said the benchmark was adopted after a careful review of global oil market trends.
The president added that an exchange rate of N750 to the dollar was also adopted for the 2024 budget.