2017 budget: Senate seeks N1.4trillion constituency projects

Senate floor

A potential crisis is now brewing over the proposed 2017 budget, as Senators seek the allocation of N1.4 trillion for funding of their constituency projects.

An indication to this emerged, as a bill seeking the allocation of N1.4 trillion constituency projects to be managed by members of the National Assembly, passed the second reading in the senate.

This will translate to 20 per cent of the N7.2 trillion budget that President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to present to a joint sitting of the Senate and House of Representatives on Wednesday, next week.

The Senate after debate on the bill referred it to its appropriation and finance committee to report back to the plenary within four weeks.

Meanwhile, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on National Assembly Matters, Ita Enang has said the presidency will not join issues with Senators on the proposed bill.

Enang stated that Senators will not be stopped from working on the constituency project bill, but noted that the President has the right to veto any bill.

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