The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara has assured Nigerians that the 2016 budget will be ready by March ending.
The Speaker gave the assurance in his office in Abuja on Thursday, while receiving delegates from the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture admitted that the budget has some several errors but reassured Nigerians that the the legislators were working hard to ensure the budget has impacts on the lives of Nigerians
“No sooner than later, hopefully by the end of next month, we will have it ready,” he said.
Dogara also said the lawmakers were aware of the responsibilities placed on them to ensure that the budget is scrutinized and a good budget is produced for the country.
Senator Kabir Marafa, spokesperson for the Senate Unity, had earlier in the week accused the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, of being behind the controversies around the 2016 budget in order to blackmail President Muhammadu Buhari. Saying it is connected to his pending trial at the CCT, and thus, called for Saraki’s immediate immediate suspension.
President Muhammadu Buhari expressed his utmost dissatisfaction over the controversies following the 2016 budget proposal that is still under debate at the National Assembly.
In a statement he released while in Saudi Arabia, Mr. President described the situation as “embarrassing and disappointing” and emphasized that the document currently under debate differed from what was prepared by the Ministry of Budget and National Planning.
He was quoted to have said that those behind the padding would not go unpunished.
“The culprits will not go unpunished. I have been a Military Governor, Petroleum Minister, Military Head of State and headed the Petroleum Trust Fund. Never had I heard the words ‘budget padding’.
“Our Minister of Budget and National Planning did a great job with his team. The Minister became almost half his size during the time, working night and day to get the budget ready, only for some people to ‘pad’ it
“What he gave us was not what was finally being debated. It is very embarrassing and disappointing. We will not allow those who did it “ to go unpunished”.