- Speaker Yakubu Dogara says President Muhamamdu Buhari should blame himself and not the National Assembly for the delay in passing budgets
- Dogara says the president has not been able to present budget on time since he assumed office in 2015
- According to Dagara, the National Assembly requires minimum of three months to pass budget
The speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has reacted to President Muhammadu Buhari's comment that the National Assembly was in the habit of delaying passage of budgets.
Dogara said President Buhari should blamed himself and not the National Assembly for the delay in passing budgets.
According to Dogara, the president has not been able to present budget on time since he assumed office in 2015, Vanguard reports.
Legit.ng gathers that Dogara said Buhari presented his first budget (2016 budget) on December 22, 2015, exactly nine days to the end of the fiscal year.
In a statement on Tuesday, May 28, Speaker Dogara said: "Since his assuming office, the president has been unable to present budget on time. His first budget was the 2016 budget which was submitted on December 22, 2015, exactly nine days to the end of the fiscal year.
"The minimum the National Assembly requires to pass budget is three months. But he presented it just nine days to 2016.
"Again, the 2017 budget was presented on December 14, 2016, just 17 days to the end of 2016. The earliest he presented budget was on November 7, 2017 which was the 2018 appropriations bill. It was less than two months to the end of the year.
Legit.ng previously reported that senior special assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, said the delay in the passage of the 2018 budget by the National Assembly should feature in the Guinness Book of Records.
Shehu, who made the comment on Monday, May 27, said the National Assembly would have summoned ministers accused of not defending their budgets before the lawmakers instead of passing the 2018 budget late.
The presidential aide said: “The delay which was experienced in 2018 in which the national assembly held unto the budget for seven months is good enough for the Guinness Book of Records and the president lamented this."
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