Don't Blame Us If Budget Is Not Passed in December: Nigerian Senate - MnTrendsNews


Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Don't Blame Us If Budget Is Not Passed in December: Nigerian Senate

The Senate has said that the National Assembly should not be blamed if 2018 budget is not passed by December.

The upper chamber of the National Assembly specifically blamed the delay on the Group Managing
Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation,
Dr. Maikanti Baru; Governor, Central Bank of
Nigeria, Mr. Godwin Emefiele; and Comptroller
General, Nigeria Customs Service, Col. Hameed Ali
(retd.), among others.

President Muhammadu Buhari presented the 2018 Appropriation Bill to a joint session of the Senate and   House of Assembly members  on November 7, 2017.

The executive had requested that the Bill be passed and assented to by the President by the end of December 2018 so as to start implementation by January 2018 which is aimed at returning to the January-December budget cycle.

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The Chairman Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Aliyu Sabi-Abdullahi said that the non appearance of the Federal Government officials at the public hearing  2018-2020 Medium Term Expenditure Framework and Fiscal Strategy Pape had slowed down the process.

When asked if the December passage was feasible, He said “It is in anticipation of these
kind of questions that we are reporting back to
you the hurdles we are meeting in the process;
when the National Assembly seeks for answers from
the executive, I think we should get those answers.
That way, the process will not be impeded.
“I cannot make any concrete commitment because
as much as we have our own internal conditions
that are within our control, we also have external
variables that seem to be beyond our control. One
of such external variables is what I am reporting to
you today.”

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