We will approve MTEF/FSP before 2017 budget presentation – Senate


ABUJA, DECEMBER 2, 2016 – The Senate, on Thursday disclosed that it would approve the 2017 to 2019 Medium Term Expenditure Framework, MTEF, and Fiscal Strategy Paper, FSP, before the presentation of the 2017 Appropriation Bill next week.

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Finance, Senator John Enoh stated this while fielding questions from journalists immediately after a meeting of the Senate Joint Committees on Finance, Appropriations and National Planning on MTEF.

The Senate had towards the end of the month rejected the document, but the Senate committee chairman said, “We are hoping to approve MTEF next week; we have done the work as fast as we can to achieve that.”

Speaking further, Senator Enoh said, “We have written to the various agencies of government that directly relate to MTEF to make their submissions.

“Some moments ago, we finished a Joint Committee of Finance, National Planning, Appropriations meeting to look at the feedback and get a date that we are going to have an interaction with the Executive next week.

“We cannot deal on MTEF and pass it without having to engage with the executive arm of government”.

When asked whether the walkout staged by PDP senators would negatively affect the budget consideration, he said: “When you talk about cooperation, PDP senators would not refuse to consider the 2017 budget”.

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