N/Assembly keeps own budget details secret

N/Assembly keeps own budget details secret

- The National Assembly was yet to reveal the details of 2018 budget

- A lawmaker said aside the details of the 2018 budget, the implementation of 2017 budget should be looked into

- He said the issue is not only about the details but also the focus should be how that of last year was spent

Emerging reports have it that 18 days after the 2018 budget was passed, the National Assembly was yet to reveal the details, unlike what obtained last year when the details were released same day the national budget was passed.

Daily Trust reports that a lawmaker said aside the details of the 2018 budget, the implementation of 2017 budget should be looked into.

“The issue is not only about the details, the focus should be how that of last year was spent. Even if it is in a closed session, it should be discussed. It is only when this is done that we can be talking of transparency.”

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He said if the expenditure of MDAs were scrutinized during budget defence, similar process should be done to the National Assembly budget for transparency.

Efforts to get the reaction of the spokesperson of the Senate, Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi (APC,Niger) yielded no result as he neither picked his call, nor reply the text message sent to him.

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House spokesman, Abdulrazak Namdas (APC, Adamawa) when contacted said the budget details would be made available in due course.

He said: “We’ll make it available with time, but for now, we don’t have the details handy.”

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the joint National Assembly Committee on Appropriation, the Nigeria Senate finally passed the 2018 Appropriation Bill.

The Senate increased the proposal of N8.612 trillion presented by President Muhammadu Buhari in December, 2017 to N9.120trn.

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Source: Legit Newspaper

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