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Senate pledges progress on controversial 2016 budget

21 April 2016, 20:24

Abuja - The Senate has resolved to make progress regarding the 2016 Appropriation Bill, which is at the centre of controversy after it emerged legislators had distorted parts of it.

The bill, a legal term for the 2016 Budget, has been discussed during an executive session that lasted over one hour on Thursday.

Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, disclosed the development.

“At the close door session, the Senate deliberated on the 2016 Appropriation Bill and the way forward. We agree to make progess in the interest of Nigerians,” said Ekweremadu.

Also read: Andy Uba, Oduah resume work in Senate

Parliament recently passed the bill but President Muhammadu Buhari has not signed it into law.

The Presidency has accused the lawmakers of tampering with the bill and removing some projects.

Meanwhile, the 12-member Reconciliation Committee Senate has established to reconcile all aggrieved legislators commenced sitting on Thursday.

Members of the committee include Godswill Akpabio and James Manager

(South-South) Sani Yerima, Suleiman Hunkuyi (North - West), Bukar Abba Ibrahim , Joshua Lidani(North-east), Sam Egwu, Hope Uzodinma (South East), Barnabas Gemade, Abdullahi Adamu(North-Central) and Monsurat Sumonu, Gbenga Ashafa (South West).

The committee aims to mend cracks within the Senate’s ranks. 





- CAJ News


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