Saraki ex­plains de­lay on bud­get de­tails

Daily Trust - - NEWS -

De­tails of the bud­get of the Na­tional As­sem­bly are yet to be re­leased be­cause the man­age­ment is com­ply­ing with bu­reau­cratic pro­ce­dure, the Se­nate Pres­i­dent, Bukola Saraki, has said.

Daily Trust had ex­clu­sively re­ported that Saraki had failed to re­lease de­tails of the bud­get af­ter promis­ing to do so on sev­eral oc­ca­sions.

The de­tails were in pub­lic do­main un­til 2010 when the for­mer se­nate pres­i­dent, David Mark, made it a sin­gle line item.

Re­act­ing to the re­port, Saraki’s Spe­cial Ad­viser on Me­dia and Pub­lic­ity, Yusuph Olaniy­onu, said the se­nate pres­i­dent gave a di­rec­tive to the Na­tional As­sem­bly man­age­ment to re­lease the bud­get de­tails in June this year.

“What has caused the de­lay is the de­ci­sion of the man­age­ment to com­ply with and fol­low the bu­reau­cratic pro­ce­dure. And you know that since the bud­get de­tails have not been re­leased in over five years, the man­age­ment will want to be care­ful to en­sure the process and pro­ce­dures are fol­lowed, “he said.

He said part of the de­tails of the bud­get was re­leased in Fe­bru­ary this year to an on­line news plat­form.

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