Buhari Orders MDAs to Defend Their Budgets Before National Assembly

Enterprise Television: Buhari Orders MDAs to Defend Their Budgets Before National Assembly

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha, said that President Muhammadu Buhari has directed all ministers and parastatals to appear before the National Assembly to defend their budgets.

Mustapha disclosed this in an interview with State House correspondents at the end of a meeting Buhari had with leaders of the National Assembly at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He said, “The President gave them (the lawmakers) update on security, economy, job creation, processes in the National Assembly especially with regards to the budget and the need to conclude on it.

“Mr. President has given instruction that all ministers and parastatals should ensure that they appear before the National Assembly to defend their submissions so that we can get this out of the way.

“You know this is a very dynamic year and there are preparation for elections and we are having quite a lot of security challenges and so if we don’t appropriate, where will the money come from?”

The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, also disclosed that the meeting was on budget, security and other national issues.

He said the National Assembly leadership also gave the President their opinions during the interaction.

Saraki said the legislature was working on the budget, noting that some agencies were yet to defend their budget, he said, “We are hoping that with the speed up now, they will come and defend their budget.”

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