Abuja – As controversy surrounding the 2016 budget continues, reports indicate that fear has gripped some top officials of the National Assembly after it emerged that they used their positions to distort the fiscal document.
According to Vanguard, influential lawmakers in the two chambers of the NASS allocated huge projects worth billions of Naira to themselves under the guise of working on the budget.
The report said that the top officials were now worried that their action led to President Muhammadu Buhari not signing the budget.
The revelation, the report said, had split the NASS into two factions, with one backing Buhari while the other opposed him and his administration.
This however, came as reports on Saturday indicated that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara had exchanged "fruitful" ideas on the budget.
A Punch report said that the presidency had requested the National Assembly to look into the "grey areas" of the N6.06 trillion budget.
"What happened was that the speaker received a list of items from the VP and the understanding is that the National Assembly should retain some of the provisions in the budget the way they came from the executive," a senior legislative official was quoted as saying.
- News24 Nigeria