OrderPaperToday- On Friday, the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation formally closed the collation of reports on the 2016 budget from standing committees of the House.

In a statement issued and signed by the committee’s Chairman, Abdulmunin Jibrin (APC, Kano),  said after twelve hours of grilling “all 60 substantive -committees presented their reports and recommendations, covering improvements, shortcomings and actions to be taken in their respective MDAs.”

Jibrin praised the Committees for their cooperation and expressed pleasure “that they heeded our call to submit their reports within the deadline. This is for the overall interest of the nation and the commitment of the National Assembly to pass the 2016 budget at the latest by the second week of March.”

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He however expressed regret that some committees did not neither meet the deadline nor submit any reports.

Jibrin said: “Due to pressure of time because we have to tidy up the final report with the Senate, the Committee on Appropriation will have to take over the work of such committees by appropriating funds for the MDAS that they supervise.

“The committee will also interface with officials of the Ministry of Finance, Budget Office on March 3.”

The following failed to submit their reports as mandated by the House leadership: Public Accounts Committee (PAC), Loans, Aids  and Debts Committee,  Gas Resources Committee, Public Service Matters Committee, Maritime and Safety Committee, Interior and  National Security Committee.

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