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2016 Budget: Buhari , NASS Disagree Over Document Again

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Reports say President Buhari has returned the budget to the National Assembly again, over some discrepancies.

The 2016 budget was sent to Buhari on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at about 1:00 am, but was returned to the lawmakers swiftly by 12 noon, according to reports.

A source who spoke to Vanguard said “The budget got to the State House at about 1.10 am  and Mr. President went through it early this morning (yesterday) and still had some issues with some of the figures. “I cannot tell you exactly what it was but I think the insertions made by the lawmakers were not significantly altered.

 “You know the lawmakers had moved some allocations for key projects that are dear to the President to other areas, especially to their constituency projects.

“Of course, they have changed some but I believe Mr. President is not satisfied with the reconciliation they made. I think this is one of the reasons it was returned.”

You will recall that Mr. President returned  budget last time, over discrepancies in some details, which led to him meeting with the leadership of the National Assembly.

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The source also gave assurances that Buhari would assent to the 2016 budget today, Wednesday, May 4, 2016.

The lawmakers and the presidency traded blames last time, over the removal of the Lagos/Calabar railway project from the budget.

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