By Alex Okoro
OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives has reassured of the passage of the 2016 Appropriation Bill in March.
Chairman, House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Abdulrazak Namdas gave the reassurance in Abuja while briefing newsmen on the weekly activities of the House.
Namdas reiterated that before the Easter break, the budget would have been passed.
“The House believe strongly that the 2016 Appropriation Bill will be passed by next month. In fact the Appropriations Committee is looking at the possibility of having the Bill passed not later than the second week of March”, he said.
In another development, the House of Representatives has summoned the ministers of Finance and Budget, the Central Bank of Nigeria’s governor and the Accountant General to appear before its Committee on Appropriation Thursday next week.
Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumin Jibrin said their appearance is to address grey areas relating to alleged infractions and padding observed by various standing Committees during interface with the Ministers and Heads of Departments and Agencies.
While giving update on the presentation of the 2016 Appropriation Bill so far, the House Committee Chairman on Appropriations confirmed that the budget proposals of the MDAs being presented by all the standing Committee have been harmonized with their Senate counterparts.
So far only 15 out of 97 Committees have made submissions to the Appropriations Committee.
Recall that Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara while presiding at Thursday’s plenary session directed all standing Committees of the House to submit their reports on 2016 budget defence by Ministries Departments and Agencies on Friday the 26th of February.