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NASS Transmits 2016 Budget Details To Buhari

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The National Assembly, on Wednesday, transmitted the details of the N6.06 trillion 2016 Budget to President Muhammadu Buhari for assent.

This came after the Chairman, House of Representa­tives Committee on Appropriations, Abdulmumin Jibrin, submitted the details to the Clerk of the National Assembly (CNA), Salisu Maikasuwa, for onward transmission to Buhari.

Jibrin, confirming the latest development to newsmen, said “Yes, I have just submitted the details of the 2016 Appropriations Bill to the Clerk of the National As­sembly for onward transmission to the Executive Arm of government,” Jibrin said immediately he came out of the office of the CNA.

When asked if the budget would be promptly taken to President Buhari yesterday, Jibrin disclosed that he had already alerted Special Advisers to the President on the National Assembly that the budget details was ready for onward trans­mission.

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Explaining the procedure of the transmission, Jibrin said: “The procedure is that Special Advisers to the President on Nation­al Assembly Matters would come over to pick copies of the budget.

“I have spoken to Senator Ita Enang, I have also called the Hon. Kawu Ismaila and they are aware that the budget details are ready,” he stated.

Jibrin further expressed confidence that the National Assembly had presented a budget that aligns with the policy trust of the federal government.

“Of course, you know we have worked on the details and when I was coming in, I tried to answer some question whether there were inputs from us? Of course, there were inputs of lawmakers on the details. Just like any other year, you always have a situation where you are faced with what the executive arm of government wants or what the lawmakers want.

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“But the duty of the Appropria­tion Committee is to find a middle ground between both. But I think the budget we just signed off with my colleagues in the Senate to the best of our knowledge is an implementable budget and to a large extend we believe that it properly aligns with the policy trust of the federal government,” he said.

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