OrderPaperToday – Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara has enjoined all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to cooperate with the legislature in order to expedite action on the 2018 appropriation bill.
Dogara also called on the lawmakers to focus their legislative activities on putting an end to the economic recession in the country through ensuring that pending bills that would impact on the economy are given expeditious attention.
The Speaker made the following remarks Tuesday on the floor of the House during a welcome address on resumption from the two weeks Christmas and New Year recess.
According to him, “the 2018 Appropriation Bill is before us for legislative action. We have promised to do our utmost to pass it expeditiously. We should keep our word. However, this can only be possible if the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) cooperate effectively with relevant Committees of the House by providing the required information as may be requested of them.
“I understand, from reports reaching me, that there is lack of cooperation from some of the MDAs, and I call on the Heads of all MDAs to expedite action on demands from our Committees. We should all in a constructive manner, resolve any problems that may hinder the smooth and early passage of the Budget. The deadline we have given to ourselves must remain sacrosanct.
“As we enter 2018, political activities will pick up. We must however remember that we were elected to represent the people for a four year term. The work is not finished. This is the time to conclude many outstanding legislative measures pending before us”
“Dear Colleagues, the economy, must remain the central focus of our legislative activities in 2018, in order to consolidate Nigeria’s exit from economic recession. To this end, we must prioritise high economic impact Bills and pass them before the onset of political activities. The Committee on Rules and Business is hereby charged to schedule the consideration of these Bills at the earliest possible time.”