At a joint press conference in Abuja on Tuesday, Danjuma Goje (APC-Gombe State), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriation and Abdulmumin Jibrin (APC-Kano), his House of Representatives counterpart, said the National Assembly could not pass the 2016 budget proposal on February 25 as earlier scheduled and could not also guarantee any future date for the passage of the budget. Just so you have a clear picture of why they declared this, INFORMATION NIGERIA has put together the reasons behind the decision of the NASS…
– The National Assembly said the budget wouldn’t be passed on the earlier proposed date because of “discrepancies, errors and ambiguities” inherent in the budget proposal.
– The lawmakers said their refusal to pass the budget wasn’t as a result of any rift with the executive but said the National Assembly needed to do a “proper clean-up” of the budget.
– The NASS said it needed sufficient time to pass a comprehensive budget… that is implementable and also acceptable.
– Some of the fraudulent, controversial and embarrassing allocations include the sum of N10 billion “questionably smuggled” into the budget of the Ministry of Education for a ‘questionable subhead’, Minister for Works, Power and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, while appearing before the House of Representatives joint Committees on Power, Works and Housing, evaded questions on a certain N500 million proposed for “statutory” meetings and travels, the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, had on Monday disowned his ministry’s budget, saying “rats” had doctored the proposal and many others.
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