The Senate has announced that the much awaited 2017 budget, would be sent to President Muhamamdu Buhari for assent, next week.
Senate President, Bukola Saraki, made this disclosure on Thursday, through the Senate Leader, Ahmad Lawan.
Lawan gave the assurance in an interview with State House Reporters, after his meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari.
Recall, that for over four months, the budget process was bottled up at Committee levels, owing to the speculated frosty relationship between the Legislature and the Executive.
The situation worsened after the recent Police raid at the residence of the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriation, Danjuma Goje.
He said: “The National Assembly had intended to pass the budget in March, but because some of the parameters we had little or no control over, we couldn’t pass it in March. It was our desire and design to pass it within this month.
“But somehow, something happened; the Chairman, Senate Committee on Appropriations, Senator Goje, was raided by the Police, after a Whistle Blower gave information, and part of those documents that were taken it was reported (that) part of the budget papers were also included.
“And other things that happened, essentially the trauma that the Chairman had to go through, affected the process of budgeting that we had been trying to do.
“The good news is that we are doing everything possible to ensure that we catch up the lost time, and thinking that by next week, by the grace of God, we should be able to finish our own work, and pass the budget to Mr President to sign.”
Recall, that the government is currently running on last year’s budget, but that grace will expire on Friday, next week.
Unless the budget is passed within that time, the government will be heading for a partial shutdown.
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