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2016 Budget Was Rushed – Senator Ndume

Senator Ali Ndume

Senate leader Ali Ndume yesterday said that the problems the 2016 budget is presently having is because it was rushed before submission to the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Speaking with State House correspondents after meeting with President Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Ndume stated that the problems associated with the document would however be sorted out to enable the budget to be signed into law.

He said: “We are working on the budget daily. We are working on it collectively for the first time.”

He stressed that the important thing about the budget is not about when it will be passed by the lawmakers

He said: “If they can finish it today, they will hand it over for signature to the executive.

“In those days, we just pass budgets that are normally not implemented. This is the first time we are doing a budget that the president is looking forward to implement.

“This budget was done in a rush and you know there are some issues that are cropping up. It is no longer going to be business as usual.

“So, those unusual things, if detected, we will work on them. It is not as if we are holding on to the budget. We are working collectively,”

On his visit to President Buhari he said, “There are issues that are really on ground. One is the budget. We also have two bills before the Senate that we need to start working on when we resume tomorrow.

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