Chairman of the Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Aliyu Abdullahi, (APC Niger North) yesterday said the upper legislative chamber is yet to receive any communication regarding the supplementary budget meant for the payment of the N413billion subsidy claims from President Muhammadu Buhari.
Addressing newsmen after the plenary, Senator Abdullahi, however, assured that the senate would give the communication, accelerated consideration once it is received.
“With respect to the issue of subsidy, the senate is surely concerned about it because we are all affected. Nobody is left out because there is no separate filling station for certain category of people.
“If the supplementary budget comes, we will do justice to it. It’s a priority and it will be given expeditious treatment when it is eventually unveiled but that does not mean that action was not being taken.
“It will go through normal administrative process once it is received. We don’t want the economy to be grounded”, he explained.
The senate spokesperson said that the national budget 2016 had not been stalled despite the non submission of the Medium Term Expenditure Framework, MTEF by the executive.
Senator Abdullahi said that the budget was a process, adding that with the constitution of the Federal Executive Council and the inauguration of the senate committees this week, would facilitate speedy process.
He listed the committees to be inaugurated today (Wednesday) are, Finance; Banking and other financial institutions; Judiciary; Appropriation; Public Accounts; Intelligence and National Security; INEC; and Communication.
His words: “The three year MTEF had already been laid before the Seventh Senate but with the coming on board of the new government, there would be reviews and the cabinet is just coming up.
“We are aware that the executive would work on that, I want to assure Nigerians that as soon as we get the 2016 budget, the 8th senate is poised, very passionately, to do justice to it. The macroeconomic policy that would be included in the METF would be clear”.

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