417 DAYS INTO CHANGE: Buhari will keep his promises, presidency assures Nigerians

The presidency on Monday assured that President Muhammadu Buhari will fully comply with the provisions of the Fiscal Responsibility Act and other extant laws as they relate to the submission of budget proposals of Federal Government agencies and corporations to the National Assembly.

The Buhari administration, the presidency said, will live up to the promises and commitments on which it rode on to take over power from the last administration.

A statement by Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President, Garba Shehu, stated that the decision to submit the budget proposals of ministries department and agencies (MDAs) to the National Assembly for their scrutiny was in keeping with the president’s wish to run a more accountable and transparent government.

“The transmission of budgets for the MDAs to the National Assembly, particularly those regarding the central bank and the NNPC behemoth is clearly unprecedented.

“The president is determined to make the budgeting process more transparent and participatory.

“It is all part of the re-engineering of the entire processes of governance for the benefit of ordinary citizens,” Malam Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman explained in a chat with newsmen, following the transmission of the president’s letter to the National Assembly on the matter.

According to Shehu, the president strongly believes that good governance and transparency are integral to the nation’s progress and key to the Federal Government’s programme to revamp the economy.

He said by responding positively to the demand of the National Assembly that MDA budgets be laid before it for scrutiny, a demand mostly ignored by past administrations, “President Buhari has indeed given a clear indication of his commitment to an open, transparent and people-oriented government for Nigerians.”

The presidential spokesman added that the current administration has also demonstrated its respect for the parliament, as a principal arm of government in a constitutional democracy.

“Our hope and expectation is that the National Assembly, acting in the best interest of the nation will allow the immediate operationalisation of the MDAs’ budgets, so that the momentum of growth of the economy which has begun to build up will be sustained,” Shehu said.

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