Senate To Publish Budget – Saraki

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The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki said on Sunday that the budget breakdown of the National Assembly would be published next week.

According to a statement signed by Mohammed Isa, Special Assistant on Public Affairs to Saraki and made available to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja, Saraki disclosed this while speaking with a team of editors of the London based newspaper the Economist.

Saraki said that publication of the details of the budget was in line with the anti-corruption stance of the 8th National Assembly. He pledged that the legislature would not cover any form of corruption.

“For the first time we promised Nigerians that the Senate will disclose its budget breakdown, the committee will make its report available by next week.

“We are resolved to break the tradition of one line item,” he said.

Saraki said that the Senate would partner with President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure the success of the anti-corruption war.‎

The Chairman of the National Assembly also said the Senate was doing all within its power to create an enabling environment for the private sector to thrive.

“It is only when the private sector thrives that the issue of unemployment will be addressed and the nation’s GDP will increase.

“Few days ago, we received a report on the laws that need to be amended in order of priority importance to ease doing business and private sector participation in the stimulation of Nigeria’s economy.

“We will soon commence the implementation of the recommendations in the report in addition to pushing for the amendment of the Procurement Act to protect our local industries,” he assured.

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