Wednesday, March 23, 2016

National Assembly to pass 2016 budget today


After weeks of delay, both chambers of the National Assembly received  a report on the 2016 budget on Tuesday from the Senate and the House of Representatives Joint Committee on Appropriation.
The report retained the corrected total budget figure of N6.07tn as presented to the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari.
There were strong indications that the two chambers of the National Assembly would pass the 2016 budget today (Wednesday).
The federal lawmakers, who had earlier slated last week for the submission of the report, postponed it because of fresh errors they said were discovered in the fiscal document.
In the Senate, the Chairman of the Appropriation Committee, Senator Danjuma Goje, presented the report of the budget on the floor of the upper chamber.
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Education (Basic), Senator Aliyu Wamakko, confirmed to one of  our correspondents that the budget would be considered and passed today (Wednesday).
He said the Senate might possibly hold two sessions on Wednesday to enable it to pass the fiscal document.
He said, “We have perfected necessary arrangements to ensure that the budget is considered and passed before we proceed on recess tomorrow (Wednesday).’’