Abdulmumin Jibrin, has intimated that the national assembly may likely pass the 2016 budget next week. The honorable said the bill for 2016 budget may be tabled before the house and debated upon beginning of next week. Defending the gaffe following the budget, Honorable Jibrin alluded that the glitches in the 2016 budget was because a new government just took over the reins of power. According to him, “this is the first time Nigeria would have a transition, not only from one President to the other but also from one political party to another.”
“I have been the Chair of the House Finance and now Appropriation Committee for almost five years now; so I have been involved in no fewer than five budget cycles. I can tell you straight-away that the 2016 Appropriation Bill has been the most difficult I have had to deal with. I have hardly slept in the last two weeks and I can say the same for the other members of the committee, including that of the Senate”.
“But it is also interesting that the President took direct responsibility and got involved in the process, not only to ensure synergy between the executive and the legislature but also that we can both arrive at a budget that is implementable for the good of all Nigerians. I don’t want to go into details about the intervention of President Muhammadu Buhari but I want to put it on record that he has played the role of a father and he deserves commendation.
“I know there have been reports about errors, padding and all sorts of things in the budget. Most of those reports are true. But Read more…..