Budget report: Dogara issues final ultimatum to committees

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, yesterday gave chairmen of standing committees to submit reports of the 2017 appropriation bill to the committee on appropriation or face sanctions.

Dogara, who gave the warning at Tuesday’s plenary, said that there was urgent need for the House to conclude work on the 2017 Appropriation Bill. He said that any committee that failed to meet the deadline will face the consequences.

He explained that chairmen and deputy chairmen of committees that are yet to send in their reports should endeavour to make them available latest March 30 to enable the appropriation committee complete work preparatory to the passage of the 2017 appropriation bill.

It would be recalled that the chairman of the House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Abdulrazak Namdas, had two weeks ago disclosed that the March 30 deadline set by the National Assembly for the passage of bill was not sacrosanct.

Namdas had explained that the inability of the lawmakers to meet the deadline was due to the new software being used in the process. According to him, the new software is slowing down the work of the Appropriation Committee.

“The new budget software is different from what we used to have before and it is slowing down the process of the Appropriation Committee,’’ Namdas added. Also, two days ago, the senate committee chairman on appropriation, Senator Danjuma Goje disclosed that the budget may be passed in May.

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