National Assembly finally passes the 2017 Appropriation bill

National Assembly Complex

House of Representatives has passed the 2017 Appropriation Bill.

The bill was passed six months after President Muhammadu  Buhari presented it to a joint session of the National Assembly last December.

The House passed the bill after adopting the report of its appropriation committee

Earlier, there was a rowdy session during debate in the bill as most of the senators opposed a recurrent budget of N51.9 billion voted for the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.

The chamber was rocked with protests of the senators who wanted the vote be deleted from the bill.

The chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, Danjuma Goje highlighted that the figures presented by President Muhammadu Buhari in December, 2016.

That Senate do consider the report of the Committee on Appropriations on the 2017 Appropriation Bill,” Mr Goje said.

Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu appreciated the process, saying it was distinct from the past.

“This is the first time that copies of bills were made available with its details and I think there is a difference compared to the past ones,” he said.

“There were lot of consultation between the Legislature and Executive and even the public hearing where civil society organisations were involved made it possible for the consideration.

“We have moved from budget circle from January to May and hopefully we will move it to January so that budget proposal can be coming in December of every year.”

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