Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, yesterday assured that the 2016 budget proposal by President Muhammadu Buhari is implementable, since the document gave credence to non-oil and independent revenue.
Saraki, who gave the assurance while commissioning the newly refurbished Senate Press Centre in Abuja, however, charged the Executive to start planning on the budget way to makeit implementable for the benefit of all Nigerians.
He explained: “The success of the budget to my own view is less on the benchmark, is more on non-oil revenue and independent revenue.
“That is why we have directed our Committee on Finance and relevant committees to really scrutinise on the revenue side.
“While we are working on the budget now they too should start working on how to make a plan for implementation because one thing that happens is that even after we have passed the budget, the administration, the bureaucracy etc, make the budget,’’ he said.
Saraki informed that the Senate would come out with an amendment to the Procurement Act to assist the Executive in the implementation of the budget.
The Senate President also assured Nigerians that details of the National Assembly budget would be made public as soon as the final document on the budget is made available as part of his commitment to ensure a transparent legislature.
According to him, the 8th Senate was determined to correct the mistakes made by past National Assembly members by ensuring that Nigerians are adequately informed about the activities of the parliament.
“I can assure you that we are going to move away from the time of one item line National Assembly to National Assembly where there will be breakdowns according to the different sections.
“I want to appeal to you, to all Nigerians that we should work together. We have all been here since 1999 when things were not done right’’, he said.
Speaking on the borrowing to finance the economy in 2016, the senate president said “there is nothing bad in borrowing, but what matters is to ensure effective and efficient usage of the funds borrowed”.
In his remarks, the Senate Leader, Senator Ali Ndume stressed the need for cooperation and support between the press and National Assembly, noting that this would help the growth of democracy in the country.
Ndume added that this would also go a long way to protecting the image of the National Assembly as an institution.
Earlier, the chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi said the Press Centre was given a facelift with some equipment not only for the comfort of journalists, but to make their jobs efficient and easier.

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  • DimunahDoug

    Please inform the Senate President that wie dont have to borrow, we should cut our coat according to our size.