By Bankole Wright
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, November 7, was received at a joint session of members of the National Assembly.
The Senate President, Bukola Saraki started by commending Nigerians for not “playing politics”, putting country first during President Buhari’s time away.
“We must reassess the relationship btw oil & our economy. Oil prices are gradually inching up, but that is no reason for complacency”, he said.
Saraki added, “We must grow our economy away from oil – as well as the need to increase non-oil revenue generation and collection“.
He also expressed joy that the 2018 budget is coming earlier than usual. “This is a welcome development“, he said.
Afterwards the President, he said his administration is committed to the ease of doing business that the administration shall continue to develop infrastructure across the country.
He also said Nigeria should be assured that the administration is committed to doing all it can to solve the problem of the embarrassing power situation in the country.
Sometimes, doing the right thing takes sacrifice.
He further said that Agriculture played a crucial role in Nigeria’s exit from recession.
“I assure investors in Agriculture that the menace of smuggling would be handled decisively” he said.
The President identified that the 2017 budget late approval disturbed the implementation of the budget hence the 2018 budget is a budget of consolidation. N2.442 trillion oil revenue is projected for 2018 as all ongoing projects will be completed. He confidently says that the old Nigeria is gradually disappearing.
The proposed budget has a total sum of N8.612 trillion.