Buhari will adjust 2016 budget – Aide

President Muhammadu Buhari presenting the 2016 appropriation bill to the National Assembly
President Muhammadu Buhari presenting the 2016 appropriation bill to the National Assembly

A Senior Special Assistant on National Assembly (House of Representatives) to President Muhammadu Buhari, Sumaila Kawu, on Thursday said the president would make some adjustments to the 2016 Budget proposal.

Since the resumption of the National Assembly from recess on Monday, there has been controversy over the whereabouts of the proposed budget documents, presented before a joint session of the National Assembly by the president in December.

The senate on Thursday accused another presidential aide of submitting a version of the budget different from the copy presented by the president.

Speaking to PREMIUM TIMES in Abuja, Mr. Kawu said the president would amend the proposal to reflect the current oil prices.

“We made a proposal of $38 per barrel, now it’s $27; so there must be adjustment.

“If in the process of the budgeting period, the National Assembly or the Executive discovers anything not practicable or deserving adjustment, then it will be amended. Budget is always subject to amendment.

“You can’t foreclose any amendment. We must amend. Even without dwindling oil revenue, the budget must be amended. It is a man-made document, therefore there must be an amendment,” he said.

On why the National Assembly has not started deliberating on the budget, he said, “You need to be clear on what to deliberate on. There is no need for rush as the National Assembly will make consultations with all relevant international bodies”.

He said the first action the National Assembly would do is to debate the general principle of the budget, while the second action is discussing the nitty-gritty of the budget by a committee after the adjustments.

“Whenever there is need for the amendment of the proposal by the presidency, it will be done. There is no hidden agenda and nothing was missing,” he added.

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  • Watch man

    Yes, you must amend whether crude oil is coming down or going up so that you could accommodate Lagarde/IMF input. You must amend so that it will be in tandem with the dictates of your global masters who are driving the New World Dis-Order with speed irrespective of sovereignty of nations. You must amend so that you make room for the criminals in govt. Why won’t you amend? But why sneaking in to withdraw the document? Why raise the furore over budget? Bunch of dishonourables and undistinguished chaps! Shame on you!

  • goggle

    President Buhari needs Longmans Dictionary. Stealing a bill from parliament

    is not the meaning of or part of the process for amendment of a bill, but theft.

    • Abidilagungun

      it is corruption and a pointer to how disorderly the affairs of state will be run, along with impunity

  • Ukachukwu

    One of my neighbours told me that he is now sure that Buhari did not sit for any Wasc/Cambridge exam
    in 1961 or at any time before or after. He said from what he’s seen so far there is no doubt on that again.
    I persuaded him not to change his mind as Buhari supporter before. He told me he believes in CHANGE.

    • joe

      If your name were not “Ukachukwu” you would have sounded more convincing. A lot of people with your kind of name are blindly for jonathan, blindly for looting and impunity and blindly against Buhari.

  • timbee

    If nothing is missing, why is @nassnigeria submitting that the budget submitted earlier by PMB is different from what was received by ita enang. Mr. man shut up and go sit down if you have nothing to say.

  • Burning Spear

    2016 BUDGET: Websites And Software Cost Nearly N1billion In Ministry of Industry Alone.

    (1) Computer Software Acquisition – N15,000,000.00
    (2) Completion of Software Upgrade – N10,480,000.00
    (3) Computer Software Acquisition (Nig. Export Promotion Council) – N25,267,481.00
    (4) Computer Software Acquisition (Onne OGFZ) – N332,754,312.00
    (5) Computer Software Acquisition (Nigeria Commodity Exchange) – N148,821,756.00
    (6) Computer Software Acquisition (SMEDAN) – N1,988,665.00
    TOTAL ****************************** N534,312,214.00.
    MINISTRY OF INDUSTRY, TRADE AND INVESTMENT:

    More on the SCAM called Budget 2016 coming shortly – Hope For Nigeria.

  • Ude

    @Ola_joe:disqus

    Muhammadu Buhari brought this
    shame on himself. He lost my respect and lost the respect of many Nigerians
    for his dishonest way of life. He tells lies and he does things that a real adult
    should not do. Nigerians can’t be expected to trust such a person again. See
    now, yesterday, he told Chibok parents that since taking office on May29th
    he has been thinking of the kidnapped Chibok girls every night. Bloody lies!
    What did he do in those six months about the Chibok girls?

    Nothing! When the Chibok parents now did a protest rally to the presidential
    villa yesterday, Muhammadu Buhari now did the worst thing. He told the Chibok
    parents that he will be setting up probe in future. What! A probe panel two years
    after the kidnap? If Muhammadu Buhari were honest why did he not set up the
    probe panel immediately he resumed office on the 30th of May last year? Look,
    my people, let the truth be told. Nigerians elected a wrong man as the president.
    He has no knowledge, no honesty, no vision, no mission other than to refund
    campaign funds with political posts given to his own people and to the Yoruba
    enablers of this nonsense, including the other empty-headed Bola Tinubu.

    • Quirkycox2016

      “PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has ordered
      a fresh investigation into the circumstances leading to the abduction of 219
      girls from Government Secondary in Chibok, Borno State about two years ago.
      The soon to be panel to investigate the incident which happened in April 2014
      is soon to be named by the National Security Adviser, NSA, General Babagana
      Monguno. According to presidential Media Adviser, Garba Shehu, the investigation
      would seek to, among other things, unravel the remote and immediate circumstances
      leading the kidnap of the girls by Boko Haram terrorists as well the other events,
      actions and inactions that followed the incident.”

      …..THE GUARDIAN

      (15th January, 2016)

  • IZON Redeemer

    President Buhari copied and duplicated Goodluck Jonathan’s Government old budget. Buhari just changed the dates and increased the figures as it suits them. – Prof Soludo (former CBN Governor). UNQUOTE–Yet we have certain unthinking Buharimice-from the camp of the Apes in APC attempt to justify the satanic works of Buhari———who after climbing on the back of the monsters in the party stealing what remains of the wealth of the South south to better the lot of his epople in Senegal where Buhari hails from..

    • H. Okoh

      MUHAMADU BUHARI MAY HAVE COMMITTED AN IMPEACHABLE OFFENCE BY AUTHORIZING OR ACQUIESCING
      IN THE THEFT AND THE ALTERATION OF THE 2016 BUDGET APPROPRIATION BILL SUBMITTED TO SENATE.

      • 440ameen

        @H. Okoh: This one is more than ‘may have’. It is clear that he has done it.

  • ‘breaking news’

    Breaking News:

    A Federal High Court, Abuja on Friday ordered that the National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Olisa Metuh, be remanded in prison till Tuesday which is the scheduled day for the hearing of his bail application with respect to the charges of money laundering preferred against him. EFCC opposed the request by the defence ‎that Metuh
    be remanded in EFCC custody. The judge upheld the objection and directed that Olisa Metuh be remanded in a prison.

  • IZON Redeemer

    President Buhari copied and duplicated Goodluck Jonathan’s Government old budget. Buhari just changed the dates and increased the figures as it suits them. – Prof Soludo (former CBN Governor). UNQUOTE–

    Yet we have certain unthinking Buharimice-from the camp of the Apes in APC attempt to justify the satanic work of Buhari—–ON D WEB—-Who after stealing the transformative visions of Jonathan–refused to credit him with the ideas he stole from his 2015 budget–The same way Buhari forged his certificate that is what we now have-in the 2016 budget copied from Ijaw man Jonathan hard work—An indication that buhari has been a professional rogue for the past 75 years———-Been stealing all his life–Nothing clean about Buhari—————-Now APC is blaming Ita, a mumu from the minority Akwa Ibom state in the SS, slaving it for the Fulanis ati Yorubas-for the mess concerning the missing budget-After helping them to–steal what remains of the wealth of the South south in the budget to better the lot of d people of Buhari in Senegal where Buhari hails from..–that is why Buhari snubbed the very (BBOG) Members his party APC used to remove Jonathan via the CIA in USA–animals

  • Ogom

    Unbelievable!

    This aide should be fired NOW!

  • Anizor Uzochukwu

    I think Mr Kawu is a better representative than Senator Enang who have even been a Senator. Kawu’s explanation makes the whole controversy clear, where Enang was making nonsense of his appointment. Enang played into the hands of Saraki, and was being used to settle corruption issue. Let Enang step aside.

  • North/West Allies

    This missing budget and adjusting saga is ridiculous

  • uduakomiri

    The handling of this issue by the presidency to say the least is completely absurd, and immature. This is especially so for a government that preaches transparency and accountability. While it is embarrassing for the government to have to re-adjust the budget shortly after the president presented the budget in a joint session of the NASS, probity warrants that the president should have gone back to the NASS, explain the need to make some adjustments to reflect current realities, and in doing so he would have avoided even more embarrassments for his government and the nation.
    Again, it is sad to see how the government chose to handle what would have amounted to a minor administrative issue. This shows that the president, and his advisers’ lack of experience is starting to obstruct the direction and focus of governance. Transparency and accountability are inseparable characteristics of democracy in a pluralist society like we currently have in the country rather an authoritarian khalifa type governance which Buhari was used to. As they say, a leopard could never change his spots.
    Having said that, the senate handling of the issue simply smacks of both immaturity and vindictiveness. Buhari erred by withdrawing the documents which he presented publicly to the NASS, as constitutional convention warrants that each arm of the government should defer, and consult with other arms of government as has been established by years of practice and common sense. At the same time, the senate appears to have exploited the situation, and handled it without due recourse to the national interest. It appears that the tit-for-tat mentality at the senate was allowed to take the front bench instead of a more pragmatic consideration of the impact of allowing the situation to generate needless controversy, either for the sole reason of personally embarrassing the president, or making a quick political capital out of the situation. Either way, neither the senate nor the presidency or even the nation stands to benefit from this controversy.
    If one is honest, the blame starts and stops with the president. This mistake was his not to make. As voters, we have provided him with the mandate, and totality of all the resources in Nigeria to deliver what the people wants: change. If the president could not get the figures in his budget right, especially as it relates to the only commodity Nigeria relies on for at least 95 percent of its earnings, oil, then that is very worrying. Considering the fact that for the last 4 months, any primary one school pupil with just 30 percent functioning brain mass would have been able to infer from publicly available information on tv, radio, internet, motor parks, markets, at school, in churches, mosques, in fact everywhere, that crude oil prices have been steadily falling just like the standard of living in Nigeria. The president must have known that 38 dollars to the barrel as a budget threshold was as unrealistic as it was idiotic. The forecast for Brent crude, the best of the best in terms of crude oil, is around 27 dollars with a further forecast that there is a possibility it would hit 15 dollars at some point.
    All these forecast have been available publicly since June 2015, so it is shocking the president and his team settled for an unrealistic 38 dollars. In the past, Nigerian leaders, even the illiterate army generals used to peg the budget threshold at least 25 dollars lower than the market price just to make show any possible nosedive in prices did not affect the country’s finances.
    Yes Buhari is to blame. But what this budget brouhaha has shown is that the Nigerian senate has shown that it an anti-people, anti-progress, anti-Nigerian institution run by ultra-myiopic, extremely selfish gang of ‘classless’ vagabonds with an exaggerated sense of importance. The level of tunnel-vision in the senate is shocking. These Nigerian senators are like the worst species of bacteria and would require the most potent antibiotics to get rid of them. The house of representatives remains the only true national law making body in Nigeria. In spite of all the imperfections of the reps, the show greater maturity politically, administratively, and within the legislative process. If truth be told, the senate is a house of fools and drunks, gangsters, charlatans, irrelevant politicians, and old war horses that are of no use to Nigeria. We should endeavour to elect young, vibrant, ambitious Nigerians to the senate rather than what it is currently, a retirement home for some of the most infamous thieves in Nigerian political history.

    • ConScience

      Very well analysed and stated. Both parties are at fault as the Presidency should have adhered to the high moral stands of accountability and transparency even for a document they had every right within the by laws of the constitution to amend but what the Senate did in publicizing this gaff to ridicule the Presidency was their own political move to ensure this administration does not take off effectively. There are better more politically and administratively nuanced ways to bring attention to such without penchant for the dramatics.

    • share Idea

      All these ranting because your messiah cluelessness has been exposed again to the masses. As you noted, Buhai and his administration lie when they do no need to. Please can you list one thing Buhari have done since became president that has not been controversial.

      Submit your WASC, he swore affidavit even when he does not need to disclose about WASC, publicly declare your assets as promised during campaign (he sent us list of Several cars and up till now CCB have not verified his assets). Went to USA and claimed that he has the list of Nigerians that stole $150B and when asked about the list, he said his administration still investigating and now this drama of missing budget.

      Who does not know that executive amend submitted budget estimates during consideration of same by NASS, and why this sordid behaviour.

  • IZON Redeemer

    President Buhari copied and duplicated Goodluck Jonathan’s Government old budget. Buhari just changed the dates and increased the figures as it suits them. – Prof Soludo (former CBN Governor). UNQUOTE–

    Yet we have certain unthinking Buharimice-from the camp of the Apes in APC attempt to justify the satanic work of Buhari—–ON D WEB—-Who after stealing the transformative visions of Jonathan–refused to credit him with the ideas he stole from his 2015 budget–The same way Buhari forged his certificate that is what we now have-in the 2016 budget copied from Ijaw man Jonathan hard work—An indication that buhari has been a professional rogue for the past 75 years———-Been stealing all his life–Nothing clean about Buhari—————-Now APC is blaming Ita, a mumu from the minority Akwa Ibom state in the SS, slaving it for the Fulanis ati Yorubas-for the mess concerning the missing budget-After helping them to–steal what remains of the wealth of the South south in the budget to better the lot of d people of Buhari in Senegal where Buhari hails from..–that is why Buhari snubbed the very (BBOG) Members his party APC used to remove Jonathan via the CIA in USA–animals

    • Rommel

      How do you manage to keep reeling out such vile thoughts on constant bases? I fear ooo!

      • Omoagunmate

        I wonder how you even managed to read the trash from these idiots, I salute you effort.

      • wode

        When you are paid to do dirty job, you don’t consider the stains and the stinks. What else do you expect? I actually don’t get time reading such gibberish.

  • Damilola

    Cool script. This one was given the character of an outdated “Baba suwe” for comic relief. I bet only few minions will go with this

  • Gidi

    This is the first step towards sanity. Yes, I advocated for Buhari’s election and supported APC agenda throughout the campaign. I am also on the record for saying the $38/bbl benchmark makes no sense, given the reality of the market, and what the oil futures market is saying.

    There is one thing our leaders need to understand, market force doesn’t discriminate and there are lots of things that shape the direction market goes. For every action or inaction there is a price to pay. The quality of Presidential advisers matter, and their ability to understand the data coming from the market is also critical to the advise they’re offering the President. Based on the information coming from Aso Rock this past months, I am not convinced about the quality of Buhari’s advisers. They are not in-tune with the market, let alone test the quality of their advise with prevailing data coming from the market.

    The PDP that should provide quality opposition are even less credible. If i recall correctly, PDP were the first to say $38/bbl benchmark is too conservative per Senator Ekweremandu. PDP argued the benchmark price should be $40+/bbl which is insane given the direction of oil futures.

    Bottom line, i am glad that Buhari-Osibajo administration are back to reality. The next question i expect every senators from PDP and APC to ask is this: how are we going to sustain N6T budget with oil at $20/bbl benchmark and Forex at N280/$ at parallel market? Where do we get money to finance the deficit? What is the plan for deficit financing?

  • Tritcall

    IBB was right to remove this oldman from office in 1985….Who is clueless now.