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2016 Budget Senate asks Presidency to accept its mistake

President Buhari earlier accused the National Assembly of removing the Lagos-Calabar railway project from the budget.

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Presidency receives 2016 budget details from National Assembly

(Daily Trust)

The spokesman of the Senate, Senator Aliyu Sabi has called on the Presidency to accept that it made a mistake by not adding the Lagos-Calabar railway project in the 2016 budget, rather than beating around the bush.

Sabi said “That we say it (Lagos-Calabar rail project) is not in the budget does not undermine the fact it is very important.

“We have proffered a way forward. Bring a supplementary budget regarding this project or anyother one. We are more than willing take it and cooperate. National Assembly is open whenever the Executive bringa the supplementary budget.

“But we must be guided by constitution. We have passed the budget. Nigerians are asking what next. The budget should be signed.

“Section 81 of the Constitution takes care of a situation where there is omission or shortfalls. Sign the budget and submit a supplementary proposal.”

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The Senate spokesman also said “It’s just for somebody to admit there is error. Why shouldn’t you ask why it was not in original budget? Why is it wrong to admit error when you committed a mistake?”

President Buhari earlier accused the National Assembly of removing the Lagos-Calabar railway project from the budget, an allegation the lawmakers vehemently denied.

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