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Udo Udoma ‘We’ll get 2017 budget passed in 2016,’ Minister says

This was disclosed by Minister for Budget and National Planning, Udo Udoma during a Federal Executive Council meeting which held on Wednesday, April 20, 2016.

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The Federal Government has said that it hopes to get the 2017 budget passed into law in 2016.

This was disclosed by Minister for Budget and National Planning, Udo Udoma during a Federal Executive Council meeting which held on Wednesday, April 20, 2016.

“On the 2016 budget, we’re still talking. On the 2017, budget we’re making plans to ensure it is passed this year,” he said according to The Cable.

The government has faced criticism over the delay surrounding the 2016 budget which was filled with errors.

President Muhammadu Buhari is yet to sign the budget, but Udoma earlier denied claims that the president had rejected the document due to his dissatisfaction with the final details added by the National Assembly.

The budget has been the centre of controversy since it was reported missing from the Assembly premises in January.

Senate President, Bukola Saraki later said that two different versions of the document had been submitted to the legislative house.

The controversy led to the sacking of the Director General of the budget office, Yahaya Gusau and the redeployment of 22 officials from the Ministry of Budget and National Planning.

The budget was finally passed on March 23, 2016 after the Senate and the House of Representatives both received the requisite report from the Joint Committee on Appropriation.

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