Nigeria’s president receives breakdown of long-awaited budget

By Camillus Eboh

ABUJA, April 7 (Reuters) – Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has received details of the long-awaited 2016 budget bill which he wanted to check before signing into law, his assistant said on Thursday, as lawmakers blamed delays on “sloppy” work by government officials.

Buhari withdrew his original budget bill in January because of an unrealistic oil price assumption and flaws in the draft. Lawmakers approved an amended proposal last month but only submitted highlights, rather than the whole document, to the president’s office.
This prompted Buhari to say he would only sign the bill after checking it “ministry by ministry”, and requested lawmakers to submit the document in its entirety.

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