INEC Budget: Saraki, Dogara Say No Date For NASS Reconvening
The 2019 general elections are fast approaching, but it appears the February date will be shifted.
With just six months to the biggest political exercise in Nigeria, budget for the elections is yet to be approved.
Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yussuff Lasun, had shortly after a meeting last week, said the federal lawmakers would reconvene on Monday or Tuesday for consideration of the N242b supplementary budget for the 2019 general election.
But a statement signed by Yusuph Olaniyonu, the Special Adviser (Media and Publicity) to Senate President, and Turaki Hassan, Special Adviser (Media and Public Affairs) to Speaker, House of Representatives, and forwarded to Bounce News, read that a date has not been fixed for the reconvening.
“The Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki and Speaker, House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, have directed that we inform all Senators, Honorable members and the public that a date has not been set for the reconvening of the Senate and the House of Representatives to consider the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) 2019 elections budget request forwarded by President Muhammadu Buhari on July 17, 2018.
“The joint committees were also expected to meet with the joint Senate and House Committees on Appropriations, Loans and Debts on the Eurobond loan request after which two reports would have been ready for presentation in the two chambers.
“However, no such meeting had taken place yet as a result of which both Senate and House of Representatives cannot reconvene as there is no report to consider.
“Until the Committees have a ready report for the consideration of the two chambers, it will be most irresponsible to recall members from recess especially those that may have travelled to Saudi Arabia for the Hajj.
However, INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmud had warned that the Commission stands to lose the six month window for the procurement of some sensitive equipment if the bill was not considered and passed.
The National Assembly is expected to resume from its two-month vacation on September 25.
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