Nigeria’s Minister of Budget and National Planning says the budget passed by the President was a better document than the first budget returned by the National Assembly.
Senator Udoma Udo-Udoma, made the statement while responding to question on whether there are items in the budget that reflected the allegations of padding by the former chairman of the House Committee on Appropriation, Honourable Abdulmumin Jubrin.
“The Executive sent the budget to the National Assembly, but was not satisfied with the initial output by the legislature,which reworked it and returned it to the Presidency,” he explained
A Better Document
He added that the President signed the budget because the document was a better document.
Also making comments on the 2016 budget, the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun assured Nigerians that the country would overcome the recession.
She also defended the borrowing policy of the current administration.
Both government officials made their comments at a town hall meeting which had Nigerians from different walks of life, with focus on the implementation of the 2016 budget and good governance policy of the Buhari administration.
Also at the event was the Sultan of Sokoto, Saad Abubakar, who is an alumni of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, Plateau State.
He tasked the government to ensure that the 2016 budget was not just a budget on paper, but one that would be effectively implemented.
On his part, the Minister of Power, House and Works, Babatunde Fashola also expressed hopes that the budget would make the desired impact on Nigerians.