The Chairman of the Appropriation committee of the Senate, Senator Danjuma Goje and his counterpart in the House of Representatives, Abdulmumin Jibrin, have appealed to their colleagues in the National Assembly to reopen discussion on the 2016 budget. President Muhammadu Buhari, last week sent his observations and requests on the Appropriation Bill, as passed by the National Assembly, to the lawmakers.
In a jointly signed statement yesterday, Goje and Jibrin, said: “Given the foregoing, and all factors considered, we hereby state that we have had enough controversy over the 2016 budget. “What is needful right now is a resolution of the differences and to that end, we call on our colleagues in the National Assembly to accede to the request by His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, to have a second look at the details and make the necessary adjustments so that he can assent. This, in our opinion, should not go beyond this week.”
The Committee Chairmen regretted what they described as a deluge of misinformation, misrepresentation and innuendoes about the roles played by the appropriation committees in the two legislative chambers in the course of passing the controversial budget.