Friday, April 22

2016 Budget: Senate warns Buhari for the last time

Following President Muhammadu Buhari’s refusal to sign the 2016 budget, Senators have threatened to override the budget bill next Tuesday upon the lapse of the 30-day constitutional window given the President to sign the bill tomorrow.

According to Vanguard, the threat of veto override was made at a closed-door session of the Senate yesterday night, April 21. Senators across party ranks also protested against the alleged actions of the chairman of the Senate committee on appropriation, Senator Danjuma Goje in mutilating the inputs of the Senate committees on the budget. Sources said that several senators demanded Goje’s resignation from the position.

The controversy surrounding the 2016 budget is however far from over as President Muhammadu Buhari returned the document to the National Assembly, pointing out areas of concern in the budget and demanding adjustment.

It was reported that chairman of the House of Representatives committee on media and public affairs, Abdurazaq Namdas, told journalists yesterday Thursday, April 21, that the National Assembly had received a letter from the president identifying grey areas in the budget.

He however stopped short of disclosing the grey areas pointed out by the president, saying the National Assembly would make them known to Nigerians in due course.

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