Senate Vows Not To Revisit Budget

Senate President, Bukola Saraki

THE Senate, after a rowdy closed session on Tuesday, said it would not revisit the 2016 budget it had passed, asking President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the document as transmitted to him.

The Senate spokesperson, Senator Sabi Abdullahi, who stated this while addressing journalists on what transpired at the closed session, said Buhari was free to send a supplementary budget to the National Assembly after signing the document.

But while the Senate was insisting on Buhari signing the budget, there were indications that the House of Representatives was awaiting the President’s explanations for not assenting to the 2016 Appropriation Bill as passed by the National Assembly.

The House, it was gathered, had yet to take a position on whether the National Assembly should veto the bill or not, if Buhari declines to sign the budget.

The Senate spokesman said the upper chamber, during the closed session, resolved not to revisit the issue of the budget which had already been passed.

He said, “The Senate resolved at the close session that we have completed work on the 2016 budget and would not go back on what had been passed.”