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The Acting President, Prof. Yemi
Osinbajo, and the principal officers of national Assembly has come to truce on
the need for continuity of all projects started in 2016 as captured in last
year’s Appropriation Bill.

The understanding was the aftermath
of a meeting called by the acting president at the Presidential Villa and
attended by principal officers of the Senate and House of Representatives
including the Chairmen of Appropriation Committees of both houses.

Also at the meeting which had the
Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, her counterpart in the Ministry of Budget
and National Planning, Udoma Udo Udoma, Director-General of Budget Office and
other members of the Economic Team chaired by Osinbajo, the acting president
appealed to the leadership of the National Assembly for the quick passage of
the 2017 budget

The meeting was spurred by the
visit of Saraki to Osinbajo on Tuesday where he had reported the flaws
discovered in the budget by the National Assembly as well as the perceived
setback to budget process caused by the failure of heads of ministries,
departments and agencies (MDAs) to appear before relevant committees to defend
their budgets.

Urban express online learnt that
following the complaints received from Saraki, the acting president opted to
schedule an elaborate meeting for Wednesday with a view to nipping the issues
raised in the bud.

The essence of the meeting,
according to source, was to ensure an exchange of ideas between the National
Assembly and the Presidency with a view to ensuring that the budget process is
faster and better than that of 2016.

Urban news also  learnt that the meeting
resolved that none of the projects started in 2016 as captured in last year’s
budget must be abandoned in 2017. Besides the continuity of the projects, it
was also learnt that the meeting resolved that such projects must be well
funded.

Urban News also gathered that the
meeting further resolved that all key projects in various parts of the country
must be captured in the budget with a view to guiding against extra-budgetary
spending in the course of the year.

Reference was said to have been
made to the scheduled repair of the tarmac of Nnamdi Azikiwe International
Airport scheduled to take-off on March 8 which was not captured in 2016 budget
and yet being pursued by the federal government.

Given the resolutions at the
meeting, all projects such as the reconstruction of Lagos-Ibadan expressway,
Lokoja – Abuja expressway, the rail projects in different parts of the country,
among others, are expected to continue non-stop until they are completed.

Also yesterday, the Senate
Committee on Federal Capital Territory (FCT), said the committee in
collaboration with FCT Authority, had agreed that banks operating in the FCT
would henceforth; shoulder the responsibility of maintaining street lights and
environments of Abuja

At a press briefing, Chairman, FCT
Committee, Dino Melaye, said “the committee decided to invite these banks and
in line with their corporate social responsibility to the FCT, their host
community, that we are going to share all the major streets in Abuja to banks.

“These banks will now do the
maintenance of street lights; they will be responsible for environmental
sanitation of all the streets, the beautification of roundabouts where you have
them and by so doing, they will also have the logo of their companies or their
brands at least being advertised on the street lights.

“Last week, the Committee on FCT
summoned the managing directors of all banks operating in the FCT and 15 banks
attended. The essence of that meeting is to correct and ameliorate the problem
associated with environmental sanitation of the FCT,” he said.

In pursuit of befitting environment
for Abuja, Melaye also said every house in Abuja had been mandated to plant at
least six trees.

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