November 24, 2016

Saraki Saves Buhari’s Proposal From Being Thrown Out

The Medium Term and Expenditure Framework (MTEF) 2017-2019 proposed by Pres Muhammadu Buhari narrowly beat rejection, after Senate President Bukola Saraki persuaded senators to pass the document for committee review, following an extensive debate on Wednesday.

There was stiff bi-partisan opposition to the MTEF and the Fiscal Sustainability Paper, FSP, as most of the Senators from both the ruling APC and the opposition PDP expressed preference for rejection of the fiscal proposal. They said the proposals were unrealistic.

Lagos APC Senator, Adeola Solomon said President Buhari’s economic team was in disarray, and he joined others to ask that the documents be returned to the Executive.

But Saraki, rounding off the debate which saw the Senate vote to extend its sitting beyond 2pm, said the documents only contained assumptions and the Senate had a responsibility to "turn them around" through its committees.

“We won’t take documents from the executive and send it back that way. Committees should take the comments of everybody and use it to decide,” said Saraki, softening ground for the vote that was to follow.

The Senate eventually referred the MTEF/FSP to the committees on finance and appropriations.

According to NAN, from a negative growth for 3 quarters consecutively this year, the government targets an increased 3.02 GDP growth rate in 2017.

“I don’t know how this will happen; it can’t work because nothing is happening,” Stella Oduah said.

Senator Solomon fired again, saying “This document we have before us is no document. We should return it to them.”

The Economic Team of the President is in disarray. I say this without being sentimental; I say as a true Nigerian,” he added.

Samuel Anyanwu (PDP) expressed satisfaction that PDP and APC Senators agreed the proposals were unrealistic; so, the documents should be returned.

Abiodun Olujimi, Mohammed Hassan, Foster Ogola and John Enoh, all PDP Senators, also wanted the proposals rejected.

APC's Senator Dino Melaye also dismissed the documents as “not factual”.

12 comments:

olisayemk said...

Everybody is angry with buhari oh.

Anslem Caesar said...

Maybe Mr president wants to turn into a magician. Well, nothing is impossible with God, go ask Trump.

'Remi Abioye said...

BUHARI ADMINISTRATION: A CASE OF A HOUSE DIVIDED AGAINST ITSELF! THESE SO-CALLED LEGISLATORS DON'T HIDE THEIR DISDAIN AND HATRED FOR BUHARI. IT IS A PITY. HOW CAN THE COUNTRY MOVE FORWARD WHEN THERE IS NO WORKING HARMONY AMONG THE VARIOUS GOVERNMENT ARMS AND AGENCIES? GOD SAVE NIGERIA!

Jekwu said...

Olu, are you there?
Apc senators are now facing reality that their oga at the top is clueless.

Olamide Samuel said...

God saves us o, you are the one that can save us

Chioma Ujo said...

I agree with Remi Abioye. A house that's divided against itself cannot make meaningful progress.

Ay360 said...

There are powers dat b in dis Buhari's regime dats making things difficult 4 him

Hassan Aderemi said...

In any decision to be taken in the NASS, they should put the interest of the nation at heart.

ope alliu said...

And they are already talking of 2019,what a clueless president

Ikusika Samteez Temitope said...

every body is angry.

Harbolarkale Niyi said...

That's good

Harbolarkale Niyi said...

To safe his ass

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