Senate President Bukola Saraki has expressed the frustration of lawmakers over annual budgets which are not fully implemented.
Saraki made his stance and that of his colleagues known while giving his speech at the 2016 Awards/Dinner for Senators and Journalists covering the Senate on Wednesday, November 23.
His words: “I think we are all tired of having budget documents that, at the end of the day, when it comes to implementation, they don’t mean anything.
“But, when we all come together and put all our best efforts, we have something that we will be proud of.
“And, it is also in this spirit that I am confident that this time around, we will also be able to pass the 2017 budget at the earliest time possible than we have seen in the last few years.”
The Senate president called for close collaboration between the parliament and journalists, urging the media to partner with the upper chamber in its efforts aimed at pulling the nation’s economy out of recession.
He also urged the media to always ensure truth and objectivity in their reportage of events so as to adequately inform and educate the people about the activities of the parliament.
“We must also continue to educate our good people on the efforts we are making in the Senate. I believe that over the last few months, a lot of work have been going on in the Senate, showing that it is more business-like approach and I am confident that during the remaining period of our tenure, we will definitely lay a foundation that others after us will build on,” Saraki said.
Meanwhile, a recent media report indicates that President Muhammadu Buhari will likely present the 2017 budget on Thursday, December 1 before a joint session of the National Assembly.
This disclosure was made by the Senate minority leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio, at the conclusion of the debate on 2017-2019 Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and Fiscal Strategy Paper (FSP) on Wednesday, November 23.