14 April 2016
In a bid to move ahead from documentation to execution, the Nigeria’s House of Representatives have concluded to re-examine the 2016 budget turned in earlier on.
The appropriation bill needed to be confirmed a workable document. The speaker House of Representative, Honourable Yakubu Dogara, suggested the readiness of the lawmakers after a closed session on Wednesday.
This meeting held was a discourse on the year’s budget and the disagreements that trailed its passage.
Abdulrazak Namdas, spokesman of the House of Representatives, said the house was yet to receive any formal correspondence with the President regarding concerns with the budget. He said the speaker would meet with the President to identify possible areas of concern. Following the release of the first-submitted budget, there were reports that the returned and approved budget sent in by the National Assembly has been distorted. The alleged removal of the Lagos-Calabar Rail Project from the budget has brought the most controversy.
The National Assembly had on different occasions dismissed the claims, saying that the project was not added to the budget submitted to it by President Muhammadu Buhari in December 2015.