The two arms of the National Assembly (NASS), declared, yesterday, that the 2016 budget was full of errors, saying the document could no longer be passed on February 25 as earlier promised.
This came on a day the Senate Committee on Gas Resources rejected the N200 million allocation demanded by the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources in the budget for the treatment of Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), and another N200 million for a review of Nigeria Gas Master Plan.
According to the Chairman Senate Committee on Appropriation, Senator Danjuma Goje, and his House of Representatives counterpart, Jibrin Abdulmumin, the budget cannot be passed. Making this disclosure at a briefing, they said the budget was fraught with too many errors, which had made its passage into law impossible.
Senator Goje noted that the Presidency had also admitted that there were errors in the budget, explaining that it would be inappropriate to give a new date now due to the errors that they would have to work on.
On his part, the House Chairman on Appropriation Committee, Abdulmumin, agreed that the two committees would have to do a proper clean up of the budget.
Asked to react to a threat made by the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, that he would withdraw his budget, Jibrinsaid the withdrawing of a budget by the executive would not be tolerated by NASS.
Both chairmen also denied that the sudden shift in date had political colouration, adding that the shift was because of the many errors discovered in the budget.
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