Buhari breaks silence on the recent Budget controversy

By Amako Nneji April 11, 2016 18:23

Buhari breaks silence on the recent Budget controversy

The Presidency has on Monday, April 11, debunked media reports alleging that President Muhammadu Buhari, had refused to assent to the details of the 2016 Appropriation bill transmitted to the Executive by the National Assembly last week.

The Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang, in a statement made available to Post-Nigeria, noted that what Buhari did before traveling to China was to send the budget to ministries in order to get feedbacks that would inform his assent.

It was earlier reported that Buhari had sent back the 2016 Budget to the National Assembly to re-work, because what the lawmakers sent to him for assent, fell below his expectations.

A Presidential source had confirmed to journalists during the weekend that the President felt disappointed that provisions for major national projects and programmes that could turn around the economy were either out-rightly removed or funds for them ridiculously slashed by the lawmakers.

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It will be recalled, that in a bid to urgently assent to the bill, which was transmitted to Buhari last Thursday, an emergency Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting was convened on Friday, April 8, where the document was distributed to Ministers to review as it affected their respective Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs.