2016 Budget: No Executive/Legislature Feud-Lai Mohammed
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said
that there is no rift between the executive and legislative arm of
government over the passage of the 2016 budget.
Mohammed said this on Thursday when he paid a visit to the Corporate
Headquarters of the Leadership Newspapers in Abuja.
“On the passage of the budget, I want to clear the misconception. There is
absolutely no rift between the executive arm of government and legislative
arm of government.
“It is not true that the president has refused to assent to the budget.
The fact remains that it (budget) is not even before him.
“The practice really is that when the budget is approved like that, there
is what we call headline figure that is approved, then, it will take a few
days for the National Assembly to throw up the details.''
The minister said it was the original copy of budget that would be taken
to the president after the necessary correction.
He also said that there was no setback in the budget, adding that the
Ministry of Budget and National Planning was working closely with the
National Assembly to ensure hitch-free passage of the budget.
The minister said that the signing of the budget by President Muhammadu
Buhari would reflate the economy and uplift millions of Nigerians out of
abject poverty. He said that the budget would focus on infrastructure
development which would in turn create jobs for unemployed Nigerians and
wealth for workers in the construction industry.
“It is a budget of social inclusion. It is a budget that everybody is
Mohammed said that there was N500 billion provision for social
intervention programmes targeted at employing 500,000 graduates, to be
trained as teachers and deployed to primary schools.
He said the programmes also aimed at empowering 370,000 non-graduates such
as artisans and technicians.
“It targets at training one million people such as farmers, market women,
traders and entrepreneurs as well as giving them loan to start off.
“It aims at giving one meal to 4.5 million pupils from class 1 to 3 per
day. It is also aimed at giving N5,000 to vulnerable Nigerians such as
widows, aged people and disabled people in the rural areas.''
The minister said the social intervention programmes also targeted at
providing bursary and scholarship for students studying science,
technology and engineering.
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