2017 Budget: I can’t confirm when it’ll be laid — Senate spokesperson
Strong indications emerged yesterday that 2017 Appropriation Bill which ought to be laid today may not be presented to senators for passage.
Speaking in an interview yesterday night on the position of the budget and whether the document would be laid, Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Sabi Abdullahi, who noted that the Committee on Appropriations, headed by Senator Danjuma Goje, was working on the document, said he could not confirm when the document would be laid.
Senator Abdullahi, who is also a member of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, said: “They are doing the harmonization, data cleaning, just trying to do due diligence to make sure everything is fully in place.
‘’That’s the most critical stage because it is a thorough, painstaking job. 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 document with thousands of pages.”
On whether he was aware that the 2016 budget, which has its life (especially the capital expenditure) extended to May 5, 2017 will expire this week, thus placing a huge encumbrance on government spending, Senator Sabi said: “If you check, it’s May 5 and we are going to catch up and there’s no problem. We are very much aware of all these things that is why you saw us coming so that the right thing will be done to get things working.