The Presidency signed the 2016 budget into law on May 6, 2016 in the presence of the embattled Senate President, Bukola Saraki; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara; the Minister of Budget and Planning, Udoma Udoma among others.
From the submission of the budget in December 2015 till the eventual signing in May 2016, it appeared that the controversies surrounding the budget would never see an end.
Since the signing of the budget on May 6, Nigerians have called for the publishing of the details of the final copy for easy access and monitoring- a request which the government did not look to obliging anytime soon.
Against the tide of events however, a leaked copy of the abridged budget found its way on the internet prompting the Federal Government to hastily make available a copy for Nigerians to officially view.
Despite the publishing of the budget, a lot of Nigerians are unhappy, discontented and these 6 tweets explain why exactly.
9 (nine) pages of paper as a budget document?
This present government is a joke
— Echika (@Howardie_5) May 18, 2016
— Chxta (@Chxta) May 18, 2016
— BudgIT Nigeria (@BudgITng) May 18, 2016
Budget Presentation – Dec 22, 2015
Budget passage – May 6, 2016
Almost 2weeks later, Citizens are yet to have access to budget document
— BudgIT Nigeria (@BudgITng) May 17, 2016
2015 budget for Presidency N26,663,050,469
2016 budget for Presidency N44,680,477,590
— Ms Boateng (@JoyceOdukoya) May 18, 2016
And that last one should worry you deeply.