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Senate, CSOs discuss 2016 budget

11 February 2016, 13:20Augustine Osayande

Abuja - Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has blamed the ineffective implementation of past budgets and abandonment of projects for the present economic problem in the country.

Saraki stated this during the National Assembly's interactive session with Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) on the 2016 budget in Abuja.

He said in response to that trend, the 8th National Assembly had stepped up its oversight functions to ensure that funds are spent on what they were earmarked for.

The Senate President also noted that as economic diversification was crucial to the success of the nation's economy.

“The National Assembly is working to pass laws that will boost internally generated revenues by plugging the loopholes that exist in our system, and encouraging the small and medium-scale business owners in our communities,” said Saraki.

Also Read: 2016 Budget: NASS will ensure citizens’ participation - Saraki

Saraki commended the over 100 CSOs that participated in the interactive session.

“We know that the work ahead of us is necessary. We also know that the road ahead of us will be lined with challenges."

He said the maiden interactive session between the National Assembly and CSOs on the 2016 budget was convened to allow both Members of Parliament and the CSOs to explore ways of enhancing development.

“This is not only an opportunity for you to air your views, it is also a window that has presented itself that will allow all of us to work together to pass a budget that we can all be proud of,” he said.

The Senate President urged the CSOs to feel free to point out your genuine concerns about the budget.

- CAJ News


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