2016 Budget: President Buhari Meets With NASS Leadership

The attempts of the day began with The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Yakubu Dogara, when he met the President behind closed doors in Abuja; he left the Presidential Villa at about 2pm, after 30 minutes and was shielded by security operatives.

 

State House correspondents were prevented from interacting with him as he left the villa.

An official at the Presidency told State House correspondents that the meeting did not hold because other principal members of the National Assembly including the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, were not present.

After that, President Muhammadu Buhari met with the leadership of the National Assembly on the 2016 budget.

 

This time, the meeting had in attendance, the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara.

Also present was the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Mr Udo Udoma.

The meeting lasted for only 10 minutes.

 

The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, told State House correspondents after the meeting that they have all agreed on the way forward, the process will be completed and the budget will be signed in a matter of days.

 

He explained that the budget process is usually not easy but that they have found the way forward and in a matter of days the budget would be ready for the President’s assent.

 

Dr. Saraki further explained that the committees set up on the executive and legislative sides will engage in the next few days to tidy up the loose ends and come up with what will satisfy everybody.

The spokesperson of the House of Representatives, Abdulrazak Namdas, had said on Sunday that members of the legislature would continue deliberations with the executive during the week to resolve some grey areas in the 2016 budget.

 

Mr Namdas explained that the delay in the signing of the 2016 budget is not as a result of inaction by the National Assembly but because the President is yet to be convinced to sign the document.

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