The Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki yesterday while speaking with State House correspondents after a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja, said all the grey areas in the 2016 Budget have been resolved.
Buhari met with the leadership and principal officers of the National Assembly as part of efforts to resolve the 2016 budget impasse. Saraki said that the lawmakers came to inform the President and his team of the solutions they had found to the budget impasse. He said that both sides agreed on the way forward and assured Nigerians that the process would be completed in a matter of days.
Saraki also said that committees had been set up on both sides to hasten actions on the process. He said that the committees would meet over the next few days to “tidy up a few loose ends and here and there and the outcome will be satisfactory to everybody’’.
Also commenting on the outcome of the meeting, the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Mr Udoma Udo Udoma confirmed that the Executive had agreed with the Legislature to resolve all grey areas in the budget and the modalities of doing so in the next few days.
Those who attended the meeting included Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo; President of the Senate Bukola Saraki; Speaker of the House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara; Deputy President of the Senate Ike Ekweremadu and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Yusuf Lasun.
Others were Senate Minority Leader Godswill Akpabio; House Leader Femi Gbajabiamila, among other leaders of the National Assembly; Chief of Staff to the President Abba Kyari and Minister of Budget and National Planning Udoma Udo Udoma.
The Senior Special Assistant on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Ita Enang; and the Senior Special Assistant on National Assembly Matters (House of Representatives), Samaila Kawu, also attended the meeting.