2016 Budget Passage Now Tuesday – Ndume

Buhari-BudgetThe 2016 budget will not be passed today as promised by the National Assembly with its passage now postponed to Tuesday, the Senate leader, Ali Ndume has said.
The Appropriation Committees of the House of Representatives and Senate at a press briefing last week assured that the N6.08 trillion 2016 budget presented by President Muhammadu Buhari on December 22, 2015, will be passed today.
The initial date of February 25 to pass the budget was not met after various discrepancies were discovered during the budget defence.
Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, told reporters in Abuja yesterday that the budget will be “laid” today.
Abdullahi, who is also a member of the Appropriation Committee, noted that after laying the budget, only administrative work will be needed.
The budget was supposed to have been laid before the Senate yesterday by the Appropriation Committee but there was no mention of the document budget during plenary.
But Abdullahi said: “God willing, we are laying the budget tomorrow (today). I can assure Nigerians that the budget will be laid tomorrow (today). That tells you that a lot of work has been done on the budget”.
The Senate spokesman noted that Nigerians are aware of “the back and front of the budget” saying that by scheduling March 17 to pass the budget, they merely set a target for themselves.
Abdullahi said: “All is almost set for the laying of the 2016 budget tomorrow (today) in the senate chamber as we have promised Nigerians and with that, one or two processes that are required will take place and we will have our budget as promised”.
Ndume said after passage on March 22, a clean copy will be transmitted to President Buhari on, March 23 for assent.


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