By Henry Umoru & Joseph Erunke
Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has commended Nigerians for their patience while awaiting presidential assent to the 2016 Appropriation Act. He promised that the National Assembly will ensure its proper implementation through diligent oversight.
Saraki spoke after he joined the Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara and other top government officials in witnessing the signing of the budget into law by President Muhammadu Buhari,yesterday. He said the responsibility was now that of both the executive and the legislature to ensure that the objectives and goals of the budget were duly realized.
The Senate President called on ministers, heads of departments and agencies to hit the ground running with the implementation of the various provisions made in the budget so that the expectations of the people can be fulfilled.
“On our own part as members of the National Assembly, we will closely monitor the implementation of the budget by providing effective oversight. We will also ensure that all necessary laws that will aid the transformation of the contents of the budget into practical policies, projects and programmes that will directly have positive impact on Nigerians will be put in place.
“That is why we have started the amendment of the Public Procurement Act to ensure that a substantial percentage of the money to be spent in the budget are made available to Nigerians through government patronage of Made-in-Nigeria goods and services.”