The National Assembly Is Not “A Mere Mechanical Rubber Stamp” – David Mark

Senate President, David Mark has warned President Goodluck Jonathan against seeing the National Assembly as “a mere mechanical rubber-stamp that must robotically pass budget estimates as presented.”

Speaking further, he said, “As to whether the National Assembly has the power to make inputs to Appropriation Bills laid before it, our stand is that the parliament is constitutionally empowered to make inputs. What the constitution enjoins Mr. President to lay before the National Assembly are mere estimates, not immutable figures.”

The above words were stated by Mark in his opening remarks at the presentation of the 2013 budget estimates by President Jonathan to a joint session of the National Assembly on Wednesday in Abuja.

Insisting that they would continue to make input to Appropriation Bills as constitutionally provided, the Senate President said: “Once the estimates are so laid, their consideration becomes subject to the constitutionally prescribed modes of exercising legislative power.”

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