- Sabi Abdullahi said the committee on appropriations headed by senator Danjuma Goje is working on the 2017 budget bill
- Sabi said he cannot confirm when the document would be laid
- Abdullahi said a lot is done on it to make sure that everything is fully in place
Senator Abdullahi Sabi, a member of the senate committee on appropriations bill, has said the 2017 budget has been extended to May 5.
Abdullahi said a lot is being done on it to make sure that everything is fully in place.
He said is in the most critical stage because it is a thorough and painstaking job.
He said: ‘’If you notice today, you didn’t see the chairman appropriation in the chamber and they are working very hard on it.
“I cannot confirm when it will be laid. All I know is that they are working very hard to make sure everything is put in place.
It is something that if we make one mistake, it’s a whole document and it’s a bulky documents with thousands of pages.
‘’We are very much aware of all these things, that’s why you saw us coming so that the right thing will be done to get things working.
“There’s no politician who will not want to make progress because we are the one at the receiving end.
‘’We are more than worried and we really want everything to happen well.''
Strong indications emerged on Wednesday, May 3, that the 2017 appropriation bill which ought to be laid today Thursday, May 4 may not be presented to senators for passage.
Vanguard reports that chairman, Senate committee on media and public affairs Senator Sabi Abdullahi noted that the committee on appropriations headed by Senator Danjuma Goje was working on the document.
Sabi said he could not confirm when the document would be laid.
NAIJ.com recalls that chairman of the Senate committee on works Senator Kabiru Gaya had, on Tuesday, April 25, given some reasons why federal government had delayed the national assembly from passing the 2017 budget proposal submitted to it on December 14, 2016.
He said the recently awarded contracts by the government delayed endorsement of the proposal because the contract is for new road projects which could be done with a lot of money.
Narrating this at the national assembly on Tuesday, Senator Kabiru Gaya however noted that the 2017 appropriation act would be ready by the end of April.
He further explained that the delay in passing the 2017 appropriation act was because of some other projects recently approved by the federal executive council that were included in the budget proposal.
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