Ex-law­maker faults Buhari on pre­vi­ous bud­get de­lays

The Punch - - TODAY - Leke Baiyewu, Abuja

Amem­ber of the 8th Se­nate, Sen­a­tor Sam Anyanwu, has faulted Buhari’s al­le­ga­tion that the im­me­di­ate past Na­tional As­sem­bly de­lib­er­ately frus­trated his regime by de­lay­ing bud­get ap­provals.

Anyanwu, a mem­ber of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party who rep­re­sented Imo East

Sen­a­to­rial Dis­trict, blamed the ex­ec­u­tive for de­lay­ing the ap­pro­pri­a­tion bill pre­sen­ta­tion as well as non-co­op­er­a­tion by the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s min­istry, depart­ment and agen­cies.

The for­mer law­maker said, “Un­for­tu­nately, I don’t know if Mr Pres­i­dent knows what he is talk­ing about.

“We don’t pre­pare bud­gets. The bud­get is to be pre­sented by the ex­ec­u­tive. So, if there is any de­lay in the ap­proval of any bud­get, it is from the ex­ec­u­tive, it was not from us.”

When re­minded that the 2019 bud­get ac­tu­ally spent seven months with the Na­tional As­sem­bly, Anyanwu said, “Do you know that even af­ter we left (May 2019) some of the agen­cies had yet to bring their bud­gets and ex­pen­di­tures for ap­proval?”

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