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|2016 Budget Passage Not Possible In February By NASS– Channels Tv by oshyno(m): 2:57am On Feb 10, 2016|
Updated February 9, 2016
2016 BudgetThe National Assembly says its proposed date of February 25 for the passage of the 2016 budget is not feasible.
Addressing a news conference in Abuja, the chairmen of the Senate and House of Representatives committees on Appropriation, Senator Danjuma Goje and Representative Abdulmumin Jibrin said the February 25 target for the passage of the 2016 budget is no longer realistic.
The two lawmakers said that the National Assembly observed during the ongoing budget defence that government ministries have padded their budgets and because of this, lawmakers require more time to thoroughly work on the budget.
In the last two weeks, government ministries, departments and agencies have been visiting the National Assembly to defend their 2016 budget proposals.
But one common trend in almost all the budget defence sessions is that the agencies are complaining of insufficient funds appropriated to them and are asking for more money.
At a budget defence session on Tuesday, the Customs Comptroller General and the Minister of Finance got into an argument over what he said is the poor remuneration for Customs officials.
The Customs CG is also asking for more money for his personnel in the 2016 budget.
Issues such as these, which have been playing out in the budget defence sessions, have led the National Assembly to postpone the date which it set for the passage of the 2016 budget.
The Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation said that lawmakers also observed complaints from different quarters arising from the imbalance from the capital allocation.
The National Assembly has however not come out with a new date when the 2016 budget would be passed.
|Re: 2016 Budget Passage Not Possible In February By NASS– Channels Tv by divinehand2003(m): 3:18am On Feb 10, 2016|
This budget of change is riddled and damaged by so many manipulations and changes which makes us begin to wonder if we are being led by a very confused and unsure administration. APC have started poorly indeed. We are beginning to lose faith in them.
|Re: 2016 Budget Passage Not Possible In February By NASS– Channels Tv by Mynd44: 5:34am On Feb 10, 2016|
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