Ndubuisi Francis in Abuja
The federal government has declared that it never foreclosed the possibility of 100 per cent implementation of the 2016 Budget, which was assented to on Friday by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udo Udoma, who gave the assurance in a statement issued by his Media Adviser, Mr Akpandem James, debunked some newspaper reports credited to him that full implementation of the 2016 budget had been ruled out.
“The federal fovernment aims, and will be working, to achieve 100 per cent implementation of the 2016 budget in spite of the late signing of the 2016 Appropriation Bill.
“This clarification becomes necessary to clear the misrepresentation by some newspapers that full implementation of the budget has been ruled out because of the late start,” the statement said.
According to the statement while responding to questions from State House correspondents on Friday, that the minister had “conceded that the late approval might constrain full implementation of the budget.”
However, the statement added that Udoma had, at the same time noted that “the federal government intends to still try its best to achieve 100 per cent implementation.”
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