By Joseph Erunke
ABUJA— SENIOR Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang, yesterday, said unlike the previous national budgets that were rocked by crises due to certain identifiable flaws, the 2017 budget would be rancour free.
This was even as he disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari had assented to a little over 30 bills so far passed and transmitted to him by the National Assembly, since his assumption of office 18 months ago.
He also said consultations were ongoing to resolve the impasse that led to National Assembly’s non-approval of the $30 billion loan request by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Enang said the feat achieved by the President in bills passage surpassed every record that had been made since the advent of democracy, adding that his optimism that the 2017 budget would not be enmeshed in crisis like the previous ones was predicated on the high-level consultations which took place before it was presented to the National Assembly and the ongoing consultation between the executive and the legislature on issues contained in the budget.
He spoke, yesterday, in Abuja, while hosting newsmen to a breakfast to mark the end of the 2016 legislative year.
He said: “The budget process would be smoother than previous years because there was enough consultations.
“The Medium Term Expenditure Framework was passed by the Senate and committed to its Committee on Finance, Appropriations and National Planning and two other committees.
“That conference of committee sat on December 31 and took information and input from the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Minister of Finance and Director General of Budget Office of the Federation.”