Senate blocks presidency from selective implementation of 2017 budget

Senate blocks presidency from selective implementation of 2017 budget

- The Nigerian Senate has blocked the executive arm of government from selective implementation of the 2017 budget

- This was contained in the report of the red chamber's joint committee on appropriations and finance

- The committees are headed by Senators Danjuma Goje (Gombe, APC) and John Enoh (Cross River, APC)

The Nigerian Senate has resolved to ensure that the executive arm of government does not embark on selective implementation of the 2017 budget.

This was contained in the report of the red chambers' joint committee on appropriations and finance laid on the floor of the upper chamber today, Thursday, October 5.

The Senate noted that the review in the budget year should not affect 60% of the 2017 budget.

Senate blocks presidency from selective implementation of 2017 budget

The Senate tasked the Federal Executive Council to begin the process of the 2018 budget. Photo credit: Nigerian Senate

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The Senate further tasked the Federal Executive Council to ensure that the 2018 budget is passed in good time to allow for full implementation.

The report also advised Aso Rock to make use of operating circulars in revenue generation in the concerned agencies highlighted in the report, and added that the executive block all leakages of operational surpluses in all ministries, departments and parastatals of the federal government.

Commenting on the report, Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, says a quick turnaround from when the resolution was passed is commendable.

“We need to carry out a level of implementation in what we proposed,” Saraki challenged his colleagues.

The Senate had invited the minister of budget and national planning, Udoma Udo Udoma, and his finance counterpart, Kemi Adeosun, over the lack of funding of the 2017 budget last week.

The duo were summoned following a motion on the stabilizing and sustaining post-recession growth of the economy which was raised during plenary on Tuesday, September 26.

While contributing to the sessions, senators stated that it was necessary for the executive to be focused so that the country does not slide back into recession.

Others advised the executive to immediately implement the budget, why some others queried why the government was not funding the budget now that the country was out of recession.

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