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2016 Budget Buhari , NASS disagree over document again

The 2016 budget was sent to Buhari on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at about 1:00 am, but was returned to the lawmakers swiftly by 12 noon.

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President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Minister of Budget and National Planning Senator Udoma Udo Udoma read copies of the details of the submitted 2016 national budget by the National Assembly in Abuja, Nigeria April 10, 2016 play President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Minister of Budget and National Planning Senator Udoma Udo Udoma read copies of the details of the submitted 2016 national budget by the National Assembly in Abuja, Nigeria April 10, 2016 (REUTERS/Stringer)

Hopes of many Nigerians who were looking forward to the passage of the now controversial 2016 budget, might have been dashed.

Reports say President Buhari has returned the budget to the National Assembly again, over some discrepancies.

The 2016 budget was sent to Buhari on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at about 1:00 am, but was returned to the lawmakers swiftly by 12 noon, according to reports.

A source who spoke to Vanguard said “The budget got to the State House at about 1.10 am  and Mr. President went through it early this morning (yesterday) and still had some issues with some of the figures. “I cannot tell you exactly what it was but I think the insertions made by the lawmakers were not significantly altered.

 “You know the lawmakers had moved some allocations for key projects that are dear to the President to other areas, especially to their constituency projects.

“Of course, they have changed some but I believe Mr. President is not satisfied with the reconciliation they made. I think this is one of the reasons it was returned.”

You will recall that Mr. President returned  budget last time, over discrepancies in some details, which led to him meeting with the leadership of the National Assembly.

The source also gave assurances that Buhari would assent to the 2016 budget today, Wednesday, May 4, 2016.

The lawmakers and the presidency traded blames last time, over the removal of the Lagos/Calabar railway project from the budget.

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