Lawmakers Make Way For Buhari To Present 2019 Budget
There are fears that due to the ongoing warning strike by the national assembly workers, President muhammadu Buhari may be unable to present the 2019 budget as scheduled Wednesday (tomorrow).
But the House of Representatives is making efforts to ensure that the ceremony goes ahead as planned without any hitches.
The green chamber has resolved to admit the President on the floor of the house to present the 2019 Appropriation Bill just as Femi Gbajabiamila reports that ongoing strike by workers could not stop the ceremony.
News Agency of Nigeria reports that the resolution was sequel to the adoption of a motion by the Leader of the house, Gbajabiamila, at the plenary presided over by the Deputy Speaker, Yussuf Lassun on Tuesday.
Moving the motion earlier, Gbajabiamila urged the house to support the motion to enable the president to perform his constitutional functions.
When the motion was put to a voice vote, while some members in the house were in support, others shouted against the motion.
The deputy speaker, however, ruled to allow the president to present the 2019 Appropriation.
Femi Gbajabiamila had earlier said that the ongoing strike by members of the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN) would not stop the legislature from sitting.
Gbajabiamila told journalists that shutting down the National Assembly was tantamount to shutting down the nation.
He said that the house would sit to pass a resolution to allow President Muhammadu Buhari to present the 2019 Appropriation Bill to the joint session of the National Assembly on Wednesday.
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