Buhari Yet To Receive Reworked Budget, Minister Says


The Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, on Wednesday said the National Assembly is yet to president the corrected version of the controversial 2016 budget to President Muhammadu Buhari.

Ahmed spoke to journalists at the end of the Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting, which was chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

She, however, said the document could get to the President later in the day or Thursday, adding that both the executive and legislature were working hard on resolving the contentious aspects of the budget.



    “On the 2016 Budget, I must say that the Executive and Legislature have worked very hard putting things together, reviewing the details of the budget and it is at its final stage.

    “So may be between today (Wednesday) and tomorrow (Thursday), the ‎National Assembly will start the process of transmitting the details to the President,” the minister said.

    Joined by Minister of Information and Culture,  Lai Mohammed; Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Khadija Bukar-Ibrahim; and the Minister of State for Trade and Investment, Aisha Abubakar, Ahmed said the FEC deliberated on the strategic implementation plan for the budget.

    Also, Ahmed explained, the Council identified key economic activities that should be implemented to represent the core mandate of the budget, including reviving the economy, creating jobs and taking care of the poor.


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