2017 budget: Saraki frowns at the delay by standing committees
Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has frowned at the slow pace of the various standing committees regarding the passage of the 2017 budget and ordered them to ensure that they submitted their proposals to the appropriation committee on Thursday (today) latestSaraki who gave the order during Senate plenary, noted that compliance by committees yet to turn in their reports would hasten legislative work on the budget proposal.
The announcement which took members by surprise was believed to be the aftermath of the meeting of the leaderships of both houses which met in Saraki’s house on Wednesday night.
It was reliably gathered that the major decision of the joint leaderships meeting of the Senate and House of Representatives was to ensure that the 2017 budget was passed earlier than that of 2016.
He had stressed that failure of committees to submit their reports to the appropriation committee leave the committee with no option than to adopt what the executive submitted.
Saraki noted that Nigerians were becoming impatient with the legislature regarding the passage of the budget stressing that he would no longer tolerate any further excuses from them.
Meanwhile some MDAs were as at Thursday coming up with amendments to their various proposals which was believed to have warranted the delays in the submissions of most committees.