President Muhammadu Buhari has sent the 2016 Appropriation Bill estimate back to the federal ministries for critical review of the alterations made by the National Assembly.
The 2016 budget was passed into law by the National Assembly last week after the document had been debated, modified and reduced from its original figure of N6.08 trillion to N6.06 trillion.
The National Assembly subsequently sent the budget to the presidency, without attaching a breakdown of the figures.
The President, who was expected to assent the budget, had insisted that he would have to review the document before signing it.
Buhari had said: “Some bureaucrats removed what we put in the proposal and replaced it with what they wanted. I have to look at the bill that has been passed by the National Assembly, ministry by ministry, to be sure that what has been brought back for me to sign is in line with our original submission.”
Vanguard reports that on Friday, the President ordered that the document should be sent back to the 36 Ministries for review.
The president’s decision was said to have been communicated after an emergency meeting of the Federal Executive Council on Thursday.