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National Assembly set to pass 2016 budget

While giving an update on the budget,
the Chairman of the House Committee on
Appropriation, Honourable Abdulmumin
Jibrin, said the lawmakers had put in
much effort to ensure that the budget
would be ready before the new date.
On February 15, the House of
Representatives said it was working
towards passing the 2016 budget in the
second week of March.

Honourable Jibrin gave the proposed
period at a budget defense session in
the National Assembly.

Also giving an update on the budget
before the Senate, the Chairman of the
Senate Committee on Appropriation,
Senate Mohammed Goje, told reporters
that the National Assembly would still
meet with the Executive to finalise the
process before the budget would be
passed.

For weeks now, the National Assembly
has been meeting with Ministries,
Departments, and Agencies, working on
the 2016 budget estimates.

Their interaction revealed a lot of
concerns in the budget submitted to the
National Assembly in December 2015 and
made impossible an earlier plan by the
lawmakers to have the budget passed by
February 25.

But will one day be enough for the
lawmakers to consider the details of the
budget and pass it? Honourable Jibrin
believes the time is enough.

The new date for the passage of the
budget is just two weeks away and
Nigerians will hope that this is one date
the legislature will keep.