The Presidency has revealed that the executive is working together with law makers to ensure that the 2018 budget comes to effect by March 31.
The Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on National Assembly Affairs Senator Ita Enang stated this on Sunday when he appeared as a guest on Channels Television Programme, Sunday Politics.
His words: “Last week, the National Assembly at the Senate raised a question (observation) that there are some questions and inputs which they still expect from some MDAs. We (the executive) have been in touch with some of the chairman of the appropriation committee, the chairman of the sub-committee and the deputy chairman of the committee.
“Any area where they needed any question, we have answered. We have brought the officers before them (the Senate). The Director-General, Budget Office of the Federation met with them. We have also appraised the Minister of Budget and National Planning Senator Udoma Udo Udoma. We have met with most of the Ministers which they had anything about their input.”
“I will not be in a position to dispute any matter with the Senate. We need a solution; we need the 2018 budget to be passed.
“We are working with the legislatures to ensure that by March 31, 2018 the budget of 2018 will be come into effect. That is agreed between the executive and legislature and we are working towards that.”
The President during the presentation proposed a budget of N8.612 trillion for the year 2018.