Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has said that the 2016 budget details which was submitted to the Presidency by the National Assembly on Thursday, will be studied by each Minister before it is forwarded to the President for signing.
Speaking to State House correspondents in Abuja on Friday, April 8, after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, Mohammed said the move is to enable each Minister “see how it affects his or her ministry”.
He said the crucial FEC council summoned by President Muhammadu Buhari was “to avail every minister to look at the details of the budget”.
“As you all know we received the details of the 2016 budget from the National Assembly, yesterday, and an extraordinary meeting of the Federal Executive meeting was called this morning to avail every minister to look at the details of the budget and see how it affects his or her ministry,” Mohammed said.
“I must say that at this point, it is still work in progress, we have broken up.
“This is to say that; yes, we received it, we are studying it and we will come out with a statement later.’’
ice President Yemi Osinbajo yesterday presided over the emergency meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) to scrutinise the 2016 budget details forwarded to the Presidency by the National Assembly.
President Muhammadu Buhari who had earlier summoned the meeting was however conspicuosly absent.
No official reason was given for the president’s nonappearance at the FEC meeting.
The President had insisted on seeing the details of the budget before he could append his signature to the 2016 Appropriation Bill.
While he submitted a total of N6.08 trillion as the budget estimates, the National Assembly pruned it down to N6.06 amid allegations of padding.