President Muhammadu Buhari has been dared by Senator Rowland Owie, the former Senate has said that President Muhammadu Buhari has no right to tamper with the approved budget as submitted by the National Assembly, The Vanguard reports.
The President had ruled out the possibility of quickly signing the 2016 budget passed by the National Assembly adding that he will have to scrutinize it before he appends his signature. In his reaction, Owie warned that failure to assent to appropriation bill would amount to starting a new presentation.
Futhermore,the lawmaker stressed that refusal to sign or alteration from the already approved budget, would amount to taking the country to yet another five months of going through a fresh presentation, first reading, second reading, committee stage, among others which is said to been a long process and making its administration slow in decision making process.
He added in his advise that the president should listen to Udoma Udo Udoma, minister of budget and planning and Ita Enang, the special assistant on National Assembly matters (Senate) who are experienced in legislative matters.
In reaction to this,Lai Mohammed said”It is a budget that everybody is included’ and also said that“I want to advise Mr. President to go ahead and assent to the budget after that whatever he feels he wants to do, he can then send it back to the National Assembly while he is scrutinizing if and if he does not do that and he goes ahead to change a line of the budget, it will take another five months, it will start afresh from first reading to second reading to committee level. “Mr. President should note that he can never get a budget the way it was sent to NASS or state Assembly, NASS has the right to re-introduce new items into the budget, right to reduce the amount, or decrease or remove it totally, it is the function of the National Assembly, no one can do that. If the president changes anything, he has to return the budget again to NASS, it will start again from first reading to second reading to committee stage.