OrderPaperToday– How would the federal government implement the proposed payment of N5000 unemployment stipend without a reliable database?

This was one of the worries expressed by members of the House of Representatives during debate today of the 2016 – 2018 Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and Fiscal Strategy Paper (FSP) submitted to the parliament by President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday.

Worry was also expressed over what was considered a huge debt overhang of the current government.

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Although the House referred the documents to its Committees on Finance, National Planning and Economic Development, and Legislative Budget and Research for scrutiny and recommendations to the House.

Chike Okafor (APC, Imo) in his contribution expressed doubts about a successful implementation of the unemployment stipends to jobless citizens.

“The challenge I see here is how to pay the unemployed without database,” he said.

The House Minority leader, Leo Ogor while contributing to the motion’s debate decried the N882billion debt position of the Buhari led administration stressing that it is worrisome.

He therefore advice the Committees to thoroughly look into the MTEF as well as how the proposed N6trillion 2016 Appropriation bill can be managed.

Earlier debate on the MTEF motion was sponsored by the Majority Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila who noted that Section 11 (3) of the Fiscal Responsibility Act, 2007 states that the Medium Term Expenditure Framework shall contain among other things; a Macro-Economic Framework setting out the Macro-Economic projections for the next three financial years, the underlying assumptions for those projections and an evaluation and analysis of the Macro-Economic projections for the proceeding three financial years.

The motion was however adopted by the House following a voice vote thrown to the floor by Speaker Yakubu Dogara and was referred to its Committees on Appropriation, Finance, Budget, Aids and Loans for further legislative input.

OrderPaper reports that provision has been made in the proposed 2016 budget for payment of the unemployment benefits.

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