‘2016 budget still open for survey’

[su_dropcap]T[/su_dropcap]HE Chairman, Senate Committee on Land Transportation, Senator Gbenga Ashafa, has said that Nigerians can still scrutinise the content of the 2016 budget, which was passed into law last week by both chambers of the National Assembly.

Ashafa, who stated this in an interview with Punchng, explained that any individual or group that believed that the budget was not properly worked on by the lawmakers should wait till the document was published to make their observations.

He explained that the National Assembly would make the 2016 budget open to the public once it was assented to by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The senator, however, assured Nigerians that his colleagues in the upper chamber and those in the House of Representatives worked hard to resolve the issue of budget padding and other fraudulent practices discovered in the document.

He said, “We have promised the world that we will throw the budget open to members of the public when it is passed. Anybody who believes that the figures are still controversial is free to point it out.

“I can however assure you that a lot of work had been put into this budget. Experts had been called. Government officials, politicians and civil society groups all made inputs before its eventual passage.

“I see the interest shown by Nigerians in the budget as a positive phenomenon because without the enthusiasm, we might not be able to put in as much effort as we put in.”