BREAKING: Reps Suspend Plenary For Three Weeks Over Budget
The House of Representatives has announced that it will suspend meeting sessions from Thursday, November 30.
This, it said, is to allow members to proceed on oversight assessment of the 2017 budget and hold defence sessions for the 2018 budget.
The suspension will last for three weeks.
The announcement was made by the Deputy Speaker of the House, Mr. Yussuff Lasun, who presided over proceedings today.
The 2018 budget was on November 11 presented before the joint session of the national assembly by president Muhammad Buhari.
According to the budget, the Federal Government plans to spend about 8.6 trillion Naira next year, a jump of about 15% from the 7.44 trillion Naira budgeted for the current year.
President Buhari said he was targeting January 1, 2018 for the passage of the budget but there had been warning from upper chamber of the national assembly, the senate that there may be delay in the passage of the fiscal document.
Last week, chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Aliyu Sabi-Abdullahi, while briefing journalists in Abuja, alleged that the non-appearance of the Federal Government officials at the public hearing on the 2018-2020 Medium-Term Expenditure Framework and Fiscal Strategy Paper on Tuesday had slowed the process.
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