The Presidency and the ministry of budget and planning yesterday commended the National Assembly for passing the 2016 Appropriation Bill.
Special Adviser to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate) Sen. Ita Enang, told reporters that the expeditious consideration and passage of the bill is laudable.
He commended the Senate and House committees on appropriation and the sub-committees for working hard in ensuring that the budget is passed.
“I followed the entire process and I have seen the industry that has been exhibited by the senators.
“I want to say that we appreciate particularly the fact that in the course of consideration, the committee chairmen, the committee members and the chairmen of appropriation committees were in constant touch,’’ he said.
The special adviser further commended the legislature for approving the harmonised version of the Medium Term Expenditure Framework(MTEF) and Fiscal Strategy Paper(FSP), adding that they were the parameter for passing the budget.
Minister of Budget and National Planning, Sen. Udoma Udo-Udoma in a statement issued by his Media Adviser, Akpandem James, said: “I wish to commend the National Assembly for passing the 2016 budget today.
“I am particularly pleased that they have kept the budget within the amount the executive proposed and the fiscal deficit has not been increased.’’