2018 budget: How Buhari disappointed us - Kwara Senator

Date: 2018-06-21

Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Insurance and other financial institutions, Rafiu Ibrahim (APC, Kwara) has faulted President Muhammadu Buhariís statement that over 6,403 projects were introduced into the budget at the National Assembly.

Buhari had raised concern over the National Assemblyís 2018 budget which was increased from N125 billion to N139.5 billion, saying that the executive was never consulted before the increase.

In the budget speech, which was obtained by DAILY POST in Abuja on Wednesday, President Buhari expressed disappointment that the budget documents which he submitted to the National Assembly since November, 2017 were unnecessarily delayed.

Reacting to the President's claim, Ibrahim said: "Why did he sign it? If he has so much reservations, he shouldnít have signed it. He cannot continue to disparage the integrity of the National Assembly.

"We will not agree with our leadership to continue to bend backward for the President. Now he is talking as if it was our doing which is very dishonest of the President. In fact, Iím very disappointed in the President who we so much hold in high esteem.

"All the amendments done to the budget were in consonance with the executive. The adjustment was based on benchmark and the details are available."

On the presidentís plans to send supplementary budget to National Assembly, he said, ďHe has to bring it with all honesty by saying that he wants additional projects but if he puts it on our necks, that it is our faults, we will not allow our leadership to bend the way they used to."

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