Senate President Bukola Saraki on Friday, May 6, expressed relief over the 2016 Budget which was finally signed by President Muhammad Buhari.
Saraki said the next course of action is the implementation of the document, which he assured will be monitored by the National Assembly.
Controversy and bickering had trailed the 2016 Budget since it was submitted to the National Assembly by the Presidency in December 2015. From allegations of padding, faking, omissions to dodging its passage.
After Buhari signed the budget, Saraki thanked those who worked to make the budget a reality, adding that some the officials lost some weight in the process.
“In the process, on a lighter side, I think a lot of officials on the sides of the executive and legislature lost some weight”, Saraki said.
“Though it was not planned but I think it was a good thing as well because we have officials who are more fit here.
“On a serious note, I think we have shown again that despite the challenges, we can work together as a government that has the interest of the people that have put us here at heart.
“We should look at the good side more and forge ahead.
“The most important part after the signing, of course, is the implementation, to ensure that the benefits of Nigerians who waited are met.
“Just yesterday, a man in quarry business told me that just because of the information that the president might sign, there has been activity.
“They don’t know what is in the budget but activity has picked up, so you can see the interest of our people.
“So it is the responsibility of all of us to ensure implementation. It is our role to ensure that we follow the money and ensure that the document signed is fully implemented and Nigerians can benefit.”
He assured that the national assembly will monitor the implementation of the budget.
“I want to assure Nigerians that from the comment from the mouth of the president our commitment is to see that the budget is implemented, is not just the assent is now the implementation, that is when Nigerians will begin to see the benefits,” he said.
“Like I said let’s focus on the good part and play less on the controversy, that is behind us now and I want to assure Nigerians that the benefit expected from this budget is implemented.”
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The Senate President also assured that the 2017 will not be controversial as the process of would start early.
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