The executive and the legislature arm of Nigerian government have resolved that the 2016 budget will be signed not later than next week.
Senate President Bukola Saraki disclosed this to State House correspondents last night shortly after a meeting President Muhammadu Buhari held with the leadership of the National Assembly.
The Senate president said the meeting agreed on the way forward to the budget impasse and that the process would be completed in few days’ time.
“We just finished a meeting with the president and the vice president. We came to let them know some of the solutions that we found in moving the budget process forward and we are happy to say that we have agreed on the way forward and we believe that this process will be completed in matter of days rather than weeks. So it is good to Nigerians and all of us, we have found a way forward; and in a meter of days, the budget will be ready for president’s assent,” he said.
On what he meant by the way forward, Saraki said: “We have committed that have been set up on our side and also on the executive side, we will engage over the next few days, to just tidy up a few loose ends here and there, and the outcome will be satisfactory to everybody.”
Budget and National Planning Minister Udoma Udo Udoma also said both arms of government had agreed to work together to resolve all issues in the next few days.