2016 budget controversies: Heads may roll – Presidency

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.

President Buhari, Vice president Osibanjo and Udo Udoma going through transcripts of the 2016 budget
President Buhari, Vice president Osibanjo and Udo Udoma going through transcripts of the 2016 budget

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.

Projects Distortions
Lagos-Calabar Rail Removed
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

 

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