Teddy Nwanunobi, Abuja
Baring any last minute hindrance, the 2016 Budget would be passed by the National Assembly today.
The UNION reports that the passage of the Budget would be preceded by its laying on the floor of the chamber of the Senate by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Appropriation, Senator Danjuma Goje.
Briefing the Senate correspondents on Wednesday on the readiness of the Budget, Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Abdullahi Sabi, hinted that the 2016 Budget would be taken clause-by-clause, after being laid before given it the loud voice that would proclaim its passage.
Sabi also explained that despite the date that was set for the passage of the Budget, the 8th Senate wants to give Nigerians a budget that is acceptable, implementable.
“All is almost set for the laying of the 2016 Budget tomorrow (Thursday) in the Senate chamber as we have promised Nigerians and with that, one or two processes that are required will take place and we will have our budget as promised. This has put to rest any suspicion of what is happening.
“I am here to inform you that tomorrow 17th, God sparing our lives, the 2016 Budget would be laid by the Chairman of the Appropriation Committee (Goje).
“We are laying the Budget tomorrow. That means that every little work that needed to be done with respect to getting that budget as an appropriation has been done.
“Literally, passing the Budget tomorrow means that beyond laying it we will discuss it, by taking it clause-by-clause and give it the loud voice that would proclaim its passage.
“When a target is set, it is to allow you to work very hard to achieve the target. By virtue of the fact that the budget would be laid tomorrow, it shows that we had worked so hard to get to that point.
“The rest, after laying the Budget, is merely administrative. As far as we are concerned, in line with the legislative procedure, by laying the Budget tomorrow is as good as we have passed the Budget.
“What remains is for us to go to through one or two things as a procedure. We have done very well by ensuring that the budget would be laid tomorrow. There are lots of back and forth with respect to the budget.
“We are not unmindful about the date set for the passage, but we want to give Nigerians a budget that is acceptable, implementable, and that will actually drive the key policies of this government with respect to the change agenda.
“For the Budget to be laid tomorrow, that means that there is concurrence, all members of the Appropriation Committee are satisfied, everybody that has a responsibility. Every member of the committee has appended his signature on the budget and by tomorrow when the Budget is laid, Nigerians will know that we have done well,” he said.