The Senate has seen the statement issued by our sister chamber, the House of Representives, in response to the issues raised by President Muhammadu Buhari on the 2018 Appropriations while signing it into law earlier today, and we totally agree with the position stated therein.
It should also be noted that the leadership of both chambers have directed the chairmen of our committees on appropriations to provide item by item, detail explanations on all points raised by the President for the benefit of members of the public. They will therefore address a press conference on Friday, June 22nd, 2018.
It should however be noted that the action of the National Assembly while working on the budget was informed by the provision of the constitution on the need for inclusion, balance and the fact that the first responsibility of government is the security and welfare of all citizens.
Dr. Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi
Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Publicity