The 2016 budget estimate presented last Tuesday before the joint session of the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari would be accorded speedy passage to ensure its smooth implementation, President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, reassured on Friday.
Saraki gave the reassurance while speaking with State House correspondents shortly after he joined other residents of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, to pay Christmas homage to President Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
According to the Senate president, the 2016 fiscal policy thrust is a good document aimed at tackling the nation’s problems.
He, however, called on the executive arm of government to guard against bureaucratic bottlenecks in the implementation of the budget, when it is finally passed into law.
“You know as we said, we are going to work on the budget as quick as possible.
“We are conscious of its importance to Nigeria and we are not going to waste time. As soon as we come back, we get down to work and do what we have to do.
“It is a good document. It has addressed the major issues, 70 per cent capital and infrastructure. The key issues now are really implementation.
“We, as a National Assembly (NASS), will ensure that we get our oversight right.
“By and large as a document, it is a good document and I am sure it will not have too much difficulty passing through the NASS.
“The key issue is implementation to ensure that the bureaucracy does not kill the joy of the implementation of the budget. We will do our part”, Saraki assured.
He also assured that the NASS under his leadership would not fail to perform its legislative duties, which he said are aimed at addressing the security and socio-economic challenges facing the country.
On his Christmas message to the nation, Senate President Saraki said that Nigerians must continue to be thankful to God for sparing their lives and the country and expressed optimism that the country would soon overcome its problems.
“We will continue to pray for our country”, he stated.