126 Days After, Senate Has No Date To Pass 2018 Budget
Nigerians are watching haplessly as the president and lawmakers haggle to the detriment of the economy.
To avoid a repeat of the kind of delay that was experienced with 2017 budget passage, President Muhammad Buhari prepared and presented the 2018 budget before a joint session of the National Assembly on November 7, 2017.
Three months have passed and the budget remains at the National Assembly, gathering dust.
To make matters worse, the Senate has said it still does not know when the budget will be passed into law by the National Assembly.
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Aliyu Sabi-Abdullahi, told journalists in Abuja on Tuesday that he could not ascertain when the budgetary process would end.
"The budget process is on and I cannot tell you ‘this is the specific day it is going to end.
"All I can tell you specifically is that we are working very hard on it and we want to assure Nigerians that, at the end of the day, we will have a budget that will serve the purpose of Nigerians,” he said.
Since the budget proposal was presented, the executive and the legislature have traded blames on who and what is causing the delay.
The senate said the federal government’s ministries, departments and agencies’ heads were to blame for not turning up for budget defence while the presidency maintains it has done its part and that the ball is in the lawmaker’s court.
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