National Assembly to Pass Budget in March, Resumes Plenary Tuesday

OrderPaperToday – The National Assembly has pegged passage of the 2016 budget for March even as both chambers are set to resume plenary Tuesday after a two-week break to consider budget proposals of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation, Mr. Jibrin Abdulmumumi said the National Assembly would pass the 2016 Budget proposal into law latest by the second week of March 2016.

Speaking at the opening of budget defence by the House committees before the Committee on Appropriation on Monday, Abdulmumim said the new target is because the lifespan of the 2015 Appropriation Act would elapse in March 2016.

Abdulmumim who said this to clear the air following uncertainty about the 2016 budget proposal which has been discovered to contain errors and inflation of figures, noted that his Committee will meet with the Ministers of Finance and Budget, “if necessary” to clarify issues.

The National Assembly had earlier promised to pass the budget by February 25, 2016.

At the session,the Chairman of the House Committee on Road Safety, Hon. Ahmed Yinusa, explained that the publicity budget of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) was increased to N56 million from N16 million due to the cost of creating awareness in print and electronic media.

“The FRSC is not a revenue generating agency, if people adhere to the rules, the roads become safer, and our revenue reduces. Reduction of revenue shows efficiency of the FRSC,” he said.

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