2017 Budget will take Nigeria out of recession – Saraki

2017 Budget will take Nigeria out of recession –  Saraki
May 12 13:21 2017

Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, has said that the N7.441 trillion budget passed on Thursday would help Nigerians get out of economic recession.

Speaking after the budget was passed by the two chambers of the National Assembly, Saraki said: “This budget that we have passed, you recall, enabled us to record a number of first. This is the first time we had a public hearing as part of the process of the 2017 Appropriation Act. The level of engagements with the Civil Society played a part in making this budget a different and remarkable one.”

He continued: “Another first, we have achieved, is ensuring that the line by line details of the budget was laid down along with the Bill. Again this is a great achievement for us.

“Another first we achieved is making the budget of the National Assembly available to the public, which had been an issue for a long time. I am very proud of what we achieved and we do hope that this budget of recovery, we believe has reflected equity, it has ensured efficiency and adequate resources to all relevant sectors, and will go a long way in helping Nigerians to come out of the economic recession.

“I appreciate the level of consultation and the good working relationship and corporation that existed between us and the executive for us to get to this point. This is a remarkable difference from what we saw in 2016 and it shows that the entire country is better for it.

“I commend Nigerians for their patience and understanding to this point. We believe that the budget we have done this time will bring value to all of us.”