Reps approve Tinubu’s N500bn palliatives request, pass Supplementary Appropriation Bill

Elizabeth AtimeJuly 13, 20233 min

Tinubu Wednesday, wrote the House seeking an amendment to the 2022 Supplementary Appropriation Act to accommodate N500 billion for provisions of palliatives for Nigerians.

 

 

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The House of Representatives has adopted and passed the 2022 Supplementary Appropriation Act (Amendment) Bill, 2023 (HB.101).

The Bill, which was presented by the House Leader, Rep. Julius Ihonvere (APC, Edo), was read out at Thursday’s plenary and was immediately read a second time after deliberation and consideration.

This is just as most lawmakers commended the President for his prompt response.

In his contribution, Rep. Aliyu Madaki (NNPP, Kano) said: “Mr Speaker, honourable colleagues, you know last week I moved a motion urging Mr. President to grant palliatives to Nigerians, and because he is a responsive and listening President today, he has done the needful by sending in this bill. What Mr President did, is to follow our constitution.”

 

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The Minority Leader, Rep. Kingsley Chinda, urged the President not to share money to Nigerians in the form of palliatives but reduce the cost of electricity tariff.

“The proper yardstıck to measure governance is whether a leader is responsive to the yearning of the people. The bill on the floor today, before us will be passed with a speed of light because of its importance. We appreciate the President for responding promptly. The concern of Nigerians is to see palliatives that will allow us breath and not the type of palliatives that will suffocate Nigerians. We want to see a reduction in the electricity tariff.”

In part, the letter from President Bola Tinubu read, “I write to request for the amendment of the 2022 Supplementary Appropriation Act. The request became necessary, among other things, to source funds to provide necessary palliatives to mitigate the effects of the removal of fuel subsidy on Nigerians.

Thus, the sum of N500 billion only has been extracted from the 2022 Supplementary Appropriation Act of N819 billion, 536 million, 937 thousand 803 naira only for the provisions of palliatives for Nigerians to cushion the effects of subsidy removal.”

 

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The National Assembly had in December 2022, passed a supplementary budget of N819 billion earmarked for Agriculture – N69 Billion; Works – N704 Billion.; FCTA – N30 Billion and Water Resources – N15.5 Billion.
However, the 819 billion naira Supplementary Budget as passed by the House will now be used for the following purposes:
  • N500 billion –  Fuel subsidy palliatives
  • N185.2 billion – Ministry of Works
  • N19.2 billion – Ministry of Agriculture.
  • N100 million –  Ministry of Water Resources
  • N35 billion – The National Judicial Council (NJC)
  • N10 billion – The Federal Capital Territory Authority (FCTA)
  • N70 billion – the National Assembly.

Elizabeth Atime

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