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Buhari Returns 2016 Budget, Holds Meeting With Saraki, Dogara On Friday

Following the dissent between the executive and the National Assembly
over the content of the 2016 Budget, President Muhammadu Buhari has
returned the Appropriation Bill to NASS even as he is expected to meet
with its leadership again on Friday (today).

 This was confirmed by the Chairman, House Committee on Media and Public
Affairs, Mr. Abdulrazak Namdas, who told pressmen after the House rose
from its plenary on Thursday that the meeting would take place “this
week.”

 The meeting which will be held at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa will
have the Senate President Bukola Saraki, the Speaker of the House of
Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara, and other principal officers of the
National Assembly as attendees.

He said, “Recall that we in the House, mandated our speaker to meet with Mr. President on the grey areas in the budget.
“The speaker reported back to us and the Presidency wrote us, identifying the grey areas to be worked on in the budget.
“Following
this, the leaders of both chambers also met and agreed after
discussions, to meet with Mr. President, hopefully, this week to
conclude the deliberations.”

Corroborating with Namdas, a legislative official told The Punch that:

“The meeting will be held on Friday; the point is that
efforts are on by the executive and the National Assembly to resolve the
budget dispute once and for all.
“Mr. President is expected to be at the meeting with his economic team so that all sides will be on the same page.”
“One
is for Mr. President to present a supplementary budget. This will be in
line with the position earlier taken by the Senate. The first, second
and third readings of the bill can be done in both chambers in one day.
“The
other option is for Mr. President to sign the budget already passed and
the executive can go ahead to implement the areas that can be
implemented immediately.
“We have to meet with Mr. President, lay all these issues out for discussion so that everyone will be on the same page.”

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