The speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has reacted to President Muhammadu Buhari’s comment that the National Assembly was in the habit of delaying passage of budgets.
Dogara said President Buhari should blamed himself and not the National Assembly for the delay in passing budgets.
According to Dogara, the president has not been able to present budget on time since he assumed office in 2015, Vanguard reports.
Dogara said Buhari presented his first budget (2016 budget) on December 22, 2015, exactly nine days to the end of the fiscal year.
In a statement on Tuesday, May 28, Speaker Dogara said: “Since his assuming office, the president has been unable to present budget on time. His first budget was the 2016 budget which was submitted on December 22, 2015, exactly nine days to the end of the fiscal year.
“The minimum the National Assembly requires to pass budget is three months. But he presented it just nine days to 2016.
“Again, the 2017 budget was presented on December 14, 2016, just 17 days to the end of 2016. The earliest he presented budget was on November 7, 2017 which was the 2018 appropriations bill. It was less than two months to the end of the year.
According to Dagara, the National Assembly requires minimum of three months to pass budget