The House of Representatives concluded its 3-day debate on the proposed 2016 budget and passed it for the second reading on Tuesday, 26 January. The proposed budget will now be treated by the appropriation committee of the House before its forwarded to the standing committees for detailed scrutiny. Ministers, Heads of Departments, agencies and parastatals as well as committees will be on hand to defend their allocation before the budget is sent back to the house for final passage.
The minority leader of the House, Leo Ogor, argued that the budget still contained the discrepancies contained in the previous copy sent to the House. He said the budget was incomplete.
“The budget has the total figures of N6.077 trillion, but when you add all the sub headings, you will find out that the budget is actually N6.30 trillion. Where is that particular remaining money?”
Ogor also said the president has violated the provision of section 81 (1) of the Fiscal Responsibility Act, which recommends that budgets of independent agencies like CBN, NNPC and others must be attached to the annual budget proposal. Challenging his claim, House Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila said that since the president had fulfilled the constitutional provision of presenting budget estimate, any other law is subservient to the 1999 constitution.
Chairman of the appropriation committee, Abdulmumini Jibrin, assured the house that his committee and other committees involved would ensure a speedy deliberation.
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