Thesheet.ng can exclusively report that President Muhammadu Buhari has again refused to sign the 2016 budget into law and has instead, written the National Assembly pointing out the discrepancies in the Appropriation Bill.
Spokesman of the House of Representatives, Abdurazaq Namdas who confirmed the President’s refusal to sign the budget yesterday, said the President returned the controversy-ridden budget to the National Assembly citing some grey areas that needs to be adjusted, which he refused to disclose.
Namdas said, “I can confirm to you that we are in possession of the letter from the president identifying grey areas.”
Recall that the National Assemble had in March 23 passed the bill and later transmitted it to the President for his assent. The President withheld assent on the grounds that the version the lawmakers transmitted to him was not implementable, as several projects of national significance were either out rightly removed or allocations to them slashed while projects deemed to be constituency based and somewhat personal to the lawmakers was injected in the budget.
Meanwhile, President Buhari on Wednesday, approved a new schedule for the payment of salaries of Federal civil servants.
According to the Accountant-General of the Federation (AGF), Mr Ahmed Idris, the President directed that henceforth, the workers should be paid by the 25th of every month.
The AGF said the President’s directive will go on a test trial this April.
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