Budget 2018: Blame Kachikwu, Baru, Ali & Emefiele For Late Passage - Senate
Nigerians should not say they were not warned.
That is the message the Nigerian parliament is trying to pass across.
A target of December 2017 has been set for the passage of the 2018 budget, but the Senate is asking Nigerians not to blame it if it is unable to meet that target.
The Senate specifically is putting the blame on the impending delay of the budget passage on some agents of the executive.
These include: 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, Hameed Ali.
Recall that the president on November 7, 2017 presented the 2018 budget to a joint session of the Senate and the House of Representatives in Abuja.
The executive had requested that the 2018 budget be passed and assented to by the President before the end of the year to allow its implementation to take effect from January 2018.
But the Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Aliyu Sabi-Abdullahi, while briefing journalists in Abuja on Wednesday, alleged that the non-appearance of the Federal Government officials at the public hearing on the 2018-2020 Medium-Term Expenditure Framework and Fiscal Strategy Paper on Tuesday had slowed the process.
“For the budget, what we are trying to say is that it is serious enough for all of these chief executives to honour the National Assembly with their presence so that we can look at these issues critically. In doing so, they will be honouring the request by their principal and our overall President and Commander-in-Chief, President Muhammadu Buhari,” he stated.
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