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2009 Budget: Senate’s comment not attack, says Presidency

By Daniel Idonor

ABUJA—THE Presidency has said there was nothing wrong with the comment accredited to the Senate on the 2009 budget as a failure; saying that rather than consider the comment as an attack on the executive it should be seen as constructive criticism.

Fielding questions from newsmen  yesterday, Presidential spokesman, Mr. Olusegun Adeniyi stated rather than be upset, the Presidency considered the comments as a good omen.

The Senate after a meeting with the Minister of Finance, Dr. Mansur Muhtar, had dismissed the 2009 budget as a failure, scoring the budget at between 15 and 35 per cent performance linked the civil servants and the political heads supervising the budget implementation to the failure.

“No, there is no attack on the president as far as I am concerned. Everybody is on the same page as far as budget implementation is concerned.

I have read the views of  the National Assembly members on the issue and I consider them very productive and commendable because they are trying to find practical solutions to what has become a nagging problem which has to do with the extant laws and the capacity within the civil service”, he stated.

“I would rather look at budget performance from the angle of concrete measures achieved within a year rather than how much of the money has been spent and how much remains in CBN coffers”, he added.


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