OrderPaperToday – Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Mr. Abdulrasak Namdas on Thursday disclosed that the lower chamber will ensure that the 2018-2020 Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) is passed next Tuesday.
The National Assembly is expected to adjourn plenary for two weeks effective Tuesday to enable members embark on oversight functions to Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Government (MDAs) to ascertain the level of capital implementation of the 2017 budget.
The adjournment of its sitting is also to enable the lawmakers attend to MDAs which are expected to commence their 2018 budget defence.
Speaking during the routine media briefing, Namdas expressed worry that the ongoing debate on the 2018 budget could have grave implications in view of the fact that the MTEF is yet to be passed.
According to him, the House has not committed any offence by simply opening debate on the budget adding that the MTEF will be passed before the budget is considered and passed in line with the Fiscal Responsibility Act.
Some members had declined comments on the budget on grounds that it was out of order to debate it when the MTEF which ought to serve as a guide has not been passed.