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NATIONAL ASSEMBLY WILL ENSURE SPEEDY PASSAGE OF 2016 BUDGET – SARAKI




Senate President Bukola Saraki has reiterated his resolve to ensure the speedy passage of the 2016 Budget. Saraki said this when he spoke with State House correspondents after he paid Christmas homage to President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa.

According to him, the budget is a good document aimed at tackling the nation’s problems.However, he called on the executive arm of the government to guard against bureaucratic bottleneck in the implementation of the budget, when passed into law.

“You know as we said, we are going to work on the budget as quickly as possible.
“We are conscious of its importance to Nigeria and we are not going to waste time. As soon as we come back, we get down to work and do what we have to do.

“It is a good document. It has addressed the major issues, 70 per cent capital and infrastructure. The key issues now are really implementation.
“We, as a National Assembly (NASS), will ensure that we get our oversight right.
“By and large as a document, it is a good document and I am sure it will not have too much difficulty passing through the NASS.

“The key issue is implementation to ensure that the bureaucracy does not kill the joy of the implementation of the budget. We will do our part,” Saraki said.

He urged Nigerians to continue being thankful to God for sparing their lives and the country to see this Christmas season.