The Presidency has disclosed the commitment of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration, towards the passing of the 2018 budget.
The Special Adviser to President Buhari on National Assembly Affairs, Senator Ita Enang made the commitment of the Executive known today, Sunday.
Enang stated that all efforts are being put in place to achieve the March 31st target. He also said the the executive is working together with law makers to ensure that the 2018 budget comes to effect by March 31.
Enang spoke during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics, saying that legislators have been given the required information in order to facilitate the prompt passage of the appropriation bill.
Speaking on whether or not there is need to worry over the whereabouts of the budget, Enang explained that there is no cause for alarm as the budget is currently under consideration by the National Assembly.
“Last week, the National Assembly at the Senate raised a question (observation) that there are some questions and inputs which they still expect from some MDAs. We (the executive) have been in touch with some of the chairman of the appropriation committee, the chairman of the sub-committee and the deputy chairman of the committee.
“Any area where they needed any question, we have answered. We have brought the officers before them (the Senate). The Director-General, Budget Office of the Federation met with them. We have also appraised the Minister of Budget and National Planning Senator Udoma Udo Udoma. We have met with most of the Ministers which they had anything about their input.”
He added that, “I will not be in a position to dispute any matter with the Senate. We need a solution; we need the 2018 budget to be passed.
“We are working with the legislatures to ensure that by March 31, 2018 the budget of 2018 will be come into effect. That is agreed between the executive and legislature and we are working towards that,” he said.