Following his presentation of a supplementary national budget to the National Assembly, President Muhammadu Buhari has asked the legislature to remove projects it inserted, adding that the fiscal bill should be funded by the virement of costs already voted to items in the 2018 Appropriation Act.
President Muhammadu Buhari has presented a supplementary national budget to the National Assembly, stating that it should be financed with virement of costs already voted to items in the 2018 Appropriation Act, Punch reports.
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The president in clear terms asked the legislature not to increase the size of the 2018 Appropriation Act from the current N9.21 trillion but to vire N228 billion from the N578 billion voted to projects inserted by the Assembly.
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Bukola Saraki, the president of the Senate, read Buhari’s letter at the plenary on Tuesday, July 17. The president had faulted the changes made to the estimates in the budget by the legislature.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that 18 days after the 2018 budget was passed, the National Assembly was yet to reveal the details, unlike what obtained in 2017 when the details were released same day the national budget was passed.
Legit.ng gathered that a lawmaker said aside the details of the 2018 budget, the implementation of 2017 budget should be looked into.
The lawmaker said: “The issue is not only about the details, the focus should be how that of last year was spent. Even if it is in a closed session, it should be discussed. It is only when this is done that we can be talking of transparency.”
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