Senate President, Bukola Saraki, will today, lead other senators to a very important meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari. The major aim of the meeting is to find a lasting solution to the 2016 Appropriation Bill headache.
According to reports, the embattled Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, will lead other senators to a crucial meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari today to find a lasting solution to the 2016 National Budget (Appropriation Bill) logjam.
It was gathered that the meeting, billed to hold last Friday, was shifted because one of the personalities key to the meeting was out of town.
The meeting with President Buhari had become imperative as it would be an avenue to bring up grey areas identified in the budget and harmonize them in the overall interest of Nigerians.
Also to attend the meeting are Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu; Senate Leader, Ali Ndume; Deputy Senate Leader, Ibn Na’Allah; Chief Whip, Senator Olusola Adeyeye; and Senate Deputy Chief Whip, Senator Francis Alimikhena.
Others include Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio; Deputy Minority Leader, Emmanuel Bwacha; Minority Whip, Senator Philip Aduda, and Senate Deputy and Minority Whip, Senator Biodun Olujimi.
A source who revealed to a correspondent disclosed that the Presidency is highly disappointed with the manner the 2016 budget sent by the executive was distorted, with figures allocated to projects reduced, thereby making it difficult for the government to perform if the budget was assented to by the President.
After today’s meeting, the Senate is expected to softpedal on its bid to override President Buhari if he fails to sign the budget document into law at the expiration of the stipulated 30 days, in consonance with the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.
The source noted that the Presidency sent a 28-page budget document with every aspect of the figures changed by the National Assembly, just as the senators, especially chairmen of committees blamed Senator Danjuma Goje, Chairman of the Appropriations Committee, as the brain behind the mutilation of the budget.
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