President Muhammadu Buhari has directed that the draft 2016 appropriation budget, presently before the National Assembly, be uploaded on the website of the budget office so that Nigerians can read it with a view to making their observations.
This was revealed by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, on Sunday.
According to Shuhu, the government has taken the position because it is the only way the change promised the country will have a meaning.
He said: “The budget is a Nigerian budget and citizens reserve the right to examine its content and provide their own perspectives.
“As the draft goes through the approval process, this and many other aspects will continue to generate interest, criticism, commendation and sometimes condemnation in discussions in the parliament, the media and the court of public opinion.
“We believe that the process of “change” will be affected by, and stands to gain from these debates especially where there is good faith on all sides.
“Government has no reason whatsoever to mislead the citizens on the budget and on all other matters for whatever reason.”