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Reps to probe National Assembly budget releases

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The House of Representatives on Thursday resolved to set up an ad hoc committee to liaise with the Minister of Finance and Budget to ensure that outstanding arrears on First Line Charge to the National Assembly and the Judiciary in the 2018 and 2019 Appropriations Acts are paid.

The resolution of the House followed a motion by a member, Babangida Ibrahim, with the title: “Need to Ensure the Implementation of the National Assembly Budget of 2018, Particularly on Staff matters.”

Ibrahim recalled that on December 20, 2018, the Report of the Committees on Finance and Judiciary on the need to ensure the implementation of the National Assembly Budget of 2018 was adopted.

“Also notes that the Report of the Committees and the provision of the 2018 Appropriation Act showed that on monthly basis, what the National Assembly and the Judiciary received on First Line Charge was short by N1,208,333,333.33 and N833,333,333.33 respectively from January to November 2018.

“Aware of the Resolution of the House that urged the Minister of Finance to release 100 per cent funds on First Line Charge for both the National Assembly and Judiciary as captured in the 2018 Appropriation Act.”

The lawmaker expressed concern that the failure of the Minister of Finance to comply with the Resolution of the House had continued to affect the smooth operations of the National Assembly.

When the voice vote for the motion was called by Deputy Speaker Idris Wase, who presided over plenary, majority of the members voted for the passage of the motion.

The House also resolved to invite the management of the National Assembly to brief the ad hoc committee on the status of releases to the National Assembly from January, 2018 to December, 2019.

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