2016 Budget: National Assembly returns Budget to Presidency, maybe signed today

National Assembly returns Budget to Presidency, maybe signed today

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The controversy surrounding the 2016 Appropriation Bill has been finally put to rest as President Muhammadu Buhari will get the clean copy of the budget today. Vanguard and the Eagle reports.

Since last week, Senators and members of the House of Representatives have engaged in marathon meetings up till yesterday to put finishing touches to the budget for onward submission to President Muhammadu Buhari for assent.

The adjusted Budget details were finalised at about 10pm and copies sent to President Buhari.
It was gathered on Tuesday night that at the beginning of the scrutiny, the officials of the Presidency raised issues over some items.

A Presidency source, who was cornered yesterday to speak on the development, said: “We have received a copy for preview. We are meeting with them, about 3 to 4pm, because it was to be consensual working.

“Ministers will look at what they have done so that it will be agreed fully that this is what will be presented. The assurance that budget would be signed today will be kept because the Vice President is the head of the economic team.

“The grey areas are being eliminated one by one and Nigerians will be happy when the budget is passed. They are being eliminated and reduced. It will be a budget for Nigeria made by Nigerians.”

According to the source, the executive wants to make sure that the budget meetings and discussions are done properly so as to keep each other’s powers intact.
Sources in the Presidency on Wednesday morning said copies of the document, which were submitted in the early hours of Wednesday, have been made available to the ministers and other members of the executive for “final scrutiny” before assent by the President.

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