In reaction to the controversies trailing the 2016 budget, indications emerged, last night that President Muhammadu Buhari was still furious with the high level of distortions inflicted on his estimates by the lawmakers.
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This came as the Senate, weekend, moved to pacify Southern senators over the controversy surrounding the Calabar-Lagos rail project in the 2016 Appropriation Bill.
Speaking to newsmen, last night in the presidential villa, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, said that there were efforts to reach a consensus on the issue. According to Shehu, the outcome of the meeting between the executive and the legislature would determine the president’s next line of action.
He, however, did not know how fast both parties can reach agreement to timely resolve the issue.
“It is when we reach a common ground that we will then know the next line of action. For now, the presidency is still talking with them”, he said.
According to a report published by vanguard, these are new distortion found in the budget.
|Lagos – Ibadan Expressway||Reduced by N24bn|
|Second Niger Bridge||Slashed by N3.9bn|
|Odukpani-Itu-I/Ekpene Rd||Reduced by N4.3bn|
|Benin Sagamu road||Reduced by N800m|
|Itakpe-Warri Signaling||Cut by N302.9m|
|Calabar-Ikom-Obudu Rail||N267M expunged|
|Kano-Damaturu-Ngala Rail||V260m cut|