Buhari Presents 2019 Appropriation Bill to NASS, Charges Nigerians To Be Optimistic.
President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammad Buhari has yesterday presented the year 2019 appropriation bill of 8.68 trillion to the joint sitting of both the House of Representatives and the Senate at the Green Chambers of the National Assembly.
Buhari made it known that the 2019 appropriation bill would be his last budget speech to the 8th National Assembly. The President lamented over the economic challenges faced by Nigerians in the last three and half years.
He said the three and half years have been challenging both home and abroad. He however assured Nigerians that the Nigerian economy is gradually picking up particularly getting out of recession. He encouraged Nigerians to be optimistic about the future.
The president did not hide his resolve to continue to fight corruption and enhance transparency in the economic policy of the country.
President Buhari promised to send the National Minimum Wage Bill to the National Assembly which has already been captured in the 8.68 trillion appropriation bill. He solicited from the lawmakers the speedy passage of the bill in order to meet up with the yearnings of Nigerians.
Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lawmakers in the National Assembly booed the president when he started talking about the strides of his administration particularly on various roads across the country together with his resolve that the country has come out of recession. The All Progressive Congress lawmakers too repelled the PDP lawmakers against their behavior and in response shouted 'Saibaba Saibaba'.
The president was accompanied to the National Assembly by the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osibajo, the presidential liaison officer to the Senate, Senator Ita Enang, APC National Chairman, Adams Osiomole, Ministers, party loyalists, service chiefs, captain of industry among others.