Buhari to get details of 2016 budget soon
Indications that President Muhammadu Buhari may soon get the details of the 2016 Appropriation Bill as passed by the National Assembly emerged on Wednesday as Senator Mao Ohuabunwa, (Abia North Senatorial District), said the National Assembly would soon forward the detailed copy of the 2016 budget to the President.
“What we send normally is the sectoral allocations, it has been like that, it takes about two, three weeks thereafter to put down the details,” Ohuabunwa said in Abuja. “The details actually go to the ministries and the agencies for their own implementation. But like I said every system has its own way, maybe this is the way the President wants to go, he wants to see the detail.
President Buhari had insisted that he would need to scrutinise the details of the approved budget before signing it into law.
He said that in view of the controversial alteration and padding of the budget proposals, he needed to review the appropriation bill to be certain that its contents tallied with the authentic budget proposal presented to the National Assembly.
His words, “Some bureaucrats removed what we put in the proposal and replaced it with what they wanted. I have to look at the bill that has been passed by the National Assembly, ministry by ministry, to be sure that what has been brought back for me to sign is in line with our original submission.”
Senator Ohuabunwa noted that the lawmakers did not err by not sending the details of the bill to the president.
He said, “It is not a law, it is just a convention kind of, but if this is his own line; definitely we will go along with him. We are not fouling or going against any law.
Ohuabunwa said that the legislature would do everything possible to send details of the budget as soon as possible in view of the sufferings of Nigerians.
“The only unfortunate thing is that as we are here waiting for the detail, Nigerians are suffering.
“Knowing that Nigerians are really waiting for this budget and because it has been laid they will not understand what we are going through.
“All they are after is that the budget is with the National Assembly and if you don’t get it passed, people will say, National Assembly, where is our budget.
“Against all odds we tried everything within our reach and our powers to ensure we have passed the budget.
“I believe in the next two weeks, maximum, we will send the details to the President; it is left for him to do the needful.’’