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Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Saraki, Dogara, others meet over MTEF, 2017 budget



The leadership of the Senate and the House of Representatives yesterday held a crucial meeting in the office of the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki.

It was gathered that the meeting which lasted for hours, centered on the resolution of the controversial Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF), Budget 2017 and the virements to 2016 budget as requested by President Muhammadu Buhari.


The Senate last week threw out the 2017 to 2019 MTEF submitted to it by President Muhammadu Buhari.

A reliable source at the National Assembly told our reporter that Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara led the leadership of the House to the office of the Senate President to meet with their counterparts in the Senate.

Findings showed that the issue of the $30 billion foreign loan request rejected last week by the Senate was not discussed.

The source said the meeting became imperative to ensure that the leadership of the two chambers speak with one voice on key issues affecting the country.

It was also gathered that the two chambers decided to smoothen rough edges in anticipation of the submission and passage of the 2017 budget whenever President Buhari presents it for consideration.

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