President Muhammadu Buhari has reportedly returned the controversial 2016 budget to the National Assembly for the third time
The 2016 appropriation bill was returned for further legislative work as principal officers and members of the review committee from both legislative chambers met for about two hours on Tuesday evening, the Vanguard reports.
A source close to the committee revealed that the president refused to touch the budget after it was submitted to him because there were still issues he was not comfortable with.
“The budget got to the State House at about 1.10am and Mr. President went through it early this morning and still had some issues with some of the figures. I can not tell you exactly what it was but I think the insertions made by the lawmakers were not significantly altered
“You know the lawmakers had moved some allocations for key projects that are dear to the president to other areas especially to their constituency projects. Of course, they have changed some but I believe Mr. President is not satisfied with the reconciliation they made. I think this is one of the reasons why it was returned,” the anonymous source revealed.
According to the Vanguard, the source further revealed that the president is very willing to sign the budget provided the changes are made.
According to him: “I can assure you, Mr. President is desirous to sign the budget because he is aware and has acknowledged that Nigerians are going through hardship.
“He is also concerned so if the budget is cleaned up this night and sent to him, he will sign it as soon as possible. That I know very well.