2017 budget: NASS reiterates support for implementation




By Ismaila Chafe
Abuja, Nov. 2, 2017 (NAN) Senate Leader Ahmad Lawal on Thursday reiterates the National Assembly () support to the executive arm of government for an to appreciable implementation of the 2017 budget.

Speaking to State House correspondents in Abuja, Lawal expressed reservation over the way and manner the 2017 budget was being implemented so far.

The ​Senate Joint Committee on Finance and Appropriations had on Oct. 3 frowned at the poor implementation of the 2017 budget, describing as “unacceptable the release of less than 15 per cent of the N2.177 trillion voted for capital projects in the 2017 budget’’.

The Senators warned that if not corrected and improved on, it might affect the electoral chances of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the next election.

The Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, on Oct. 26, told State House correspondents that the Federal Government has so far released N450billion for capital projects in 2017.

The Senate leader, however, lamented that the 2017 budget had not been implemented as expected.

 

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