Posted by News Express | 6 May 2016 | 3,320 times
President Muhammadu Buhari has finally assented to the 2016 budget.
He signed the harmonised document into law this morning at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
On hand to witness Buhari sign his first budget as a democratically elected President were the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, and the chairmen of the National Assembly appropriation committees.
Today’s event comes after the National Assembly submitted a clean copy of the budget to the President.
The President had withheld assent after some alterations were noticed in the document.
The government announced yesterday it had mapped out 34 strategic priority programmes and projects it intended to achieve with the 2016 budget.
These include a capital spend minimum of 30% annually, an appropriate and predictable exchange regime by the end of 2016, increased low interest lending rate of 9%, self-sufficiency in tomato paste in 2016 and rice production by 2018.
It also plans to increase local production of maize, soya beans, poultry and livestock and to stop import.
•Adapted from a Channels TV report. State House Photo shows President Buhari signing the 2016 Budget into law this morning at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
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