OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives on Tuesday called on President Muhammadu Buhari to direct the Minister of Finance and Accountant General to release the first line charge to the National Assembly and the Judiciary.
The House also condemned in strong terms the alleged breach of the constitution by the non-transfer of the statutory fund to the federal parliament.
The decisions followed a motion of urgent public importance moved by the Chairman, Committee on Rules and Business, Edward Pwajok (PDP, Plateau).
Leading the debate on the bill, Pwajok said that this is the second time the House will be raising the same motion, adding that despite the fact that the Minister of Finance appeared before the ad Hoc committee of the House previously on the matter.
He spoke on “the implications of the brazen flouting of the appropriations act 2018 and the constitution which may make the National Assembly and the judiciary to be subservient to the executive thereby negating the letters and spirit of the constitution and the law with a dire consequences on the practice of democracy in Nigeria.”
Other statutory bodies affected by the motion are; Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Universal Basic Education, the Public Complaint Commission, and the National Human Right Commission.
The House consequently resolved to direct the leadership of the National Assembly and relevant committees on Appropriation, Finance, and legislative compliance to ensure compliance and report back to the House in 2 weeks.
The House also resolved to transmit the motion to the Senate for concurrence.