National Assembly to pass 2016 budget March 17

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Senate President Bukola Saraki

The Joint Committees of the Senate and House of Representatives on Appropriations on Wednesday assured Nigerians that the N6.08tn for this year budget would be passed on March 17, 2016.

The committees stated that the final report on the appropriation bill would be laid on the floor of both chambers of the National Assembly on March 16 for consideration and subsequent passage the following day.

Both panels had earlier said that the February 25 date for the passage of the budget was no longer realistic due to errors and padding. However, at a joint press conference in Abuja Wednesday, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Appropriations, Senator Danjuma Goje, and his counterpart in the House of Representatives, Abdulmumin Jibrin, gave an assurance that this year budget would be passed on March 17.

Specifically, Goje said that both committees would meet critical stakeholders, including the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun; Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udo Udoma; Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele; Accountant-General of the Federation; and Director, Budget Office of the Federation on Thursday.

He said the committees and the invited officials would seize the opportunity of the meeting to address grey areas observed in the budget.

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