By Tobi Soniyi in Abuja
Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki has appealed to the executive arm of government to ensure that the 2016 budget which was signed into law on Friday by President Muhammadu Buhari is fully implemented.
Saraki who spoke while at Buhari’s office after the president signed the budget said: “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 told the president that it was his pleasure to lead his colleagues in the National Assembly to be part of the signing of the 2016 budget.
He further told the president that: “The document that you have before you has continued to maintain the trust at ensuring that minimum of 30 percent goes into capital and ensure your policy on diversification which will ensure less reliance on oil revenue.
“Our journey here has been rather bumpy but I believe that that is not only in Nigeria.”All over the world, the legislation on appropriation and budgeting is the most important legislation.
“In all the democracies that we practise, there are always issues about passing the budget, policies, etc.
“We thank God that we have been able to come to this today in our country. I think that is a great achievement on the part of everybody.
“In other countries, even in the US that we copy, sometimes they close down government because they have not been able to achieve it.
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