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Hopeless 2019 Budget: Lai Mohammed replies Saraki

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has countered the allegation made by Senate President Bukola Saraki, that the N8.83 trillion budget for 2019 fiscal year presented to the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday as “hopeless”.

The Minister spoke to State House correspondents in Abuja after he presented the President with campaign portraits for 2019 ahead of 2019 presidential election.

Mohammed said that while the Executive did not wish to trade words with the Legislature over the Budget, Nigerians should rest assured that Buhari presented the best and workable document given the current circumstances.

“It is not the practice of the Executive to be exchanging words with the legislative arm of government. They are independent, we are independent.

“But to the best of our knowledge, we presented a budget given the circumstances of our resources this year. We feel that is the best we can; it is left for the National Assembly to consider it”, he stated.

On the threat by issued by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) for government to present a bill to National Assembly on the new national minimum wage by December 31 or risk industrial action, the Minister said the labour union was patriotic enough not to embarrass the government over the matter.

According to him: “The Nigeria Labour Congress is a very patriotic union and I am very confident that they will not do anything that will embarrass the government or do anything that is going to worsen the situation.

“Continuous engagement, I think, is the key. We continue to engage them and I think they do also fully understand what the challenges are. Both parties are determined to ensure that a common ground is arrived at which will be comfortable for all.”

While wishing Nigerians a Merry Christmas and happy New Year, Mohammed stressed that “we have been able to meet all our promises, all our obligations to Nigerians. And as the year rolls out, we are more determined to even to deliver more to Nigerians”.

On the portraits delivered to Buhari, he explained that “I made a portrait of Mr. President in five major Nigeria attires. One is in Yoruba, Hausa, Igbo, Efik and one in suit. It is reminiscent of the portrait we use during this campaign”.

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