- Senators are working hard to accelerate the process of passing the INEC budget
- The Senate was reopened this week but the all hands are on deck to get the budget confirmed
- The upper chamber promised that the INEC budget would be passed within the following week
Despite the grudges between the senators of the All Progressives Congress and their colleagues in the Peoples Democratic Party, the lawmakers are working together to hasten the process of approving the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)'s budget.
The Punch reports that on Wednesday, October 10, the Senate considered President Muhammadu Buhari’s request for approval of the budget of the INEC and security agencies for the 2019 general elections at the plenary, with the plan to pass the aspect affecting the commission on Thursday (today) while the budget of security agencies for the exercise is scheduled for passage on Tuesday.
The chairman of the committee on appropriations, Senator Danjuma Goje, who said the report on the INEC component of the budget would be laid before the Senate on Thursday (today), announced that the budget of security agencies would be treated on Tuesday.
Goje said: “During our recess, the INEC Committee – the two committees of the two chambers – held joint sittings with the Chairman of INEC and they (the commission) defended their request item by item. And the committee has submitted their report. They have jointly concluded action on the issue of INEC’s request. That is why we don’t need to call the Chairman of INEC again. But for the other aspect of the security agencies, whose requests have not been defended, they need to defend the requests before us.”
A member of the committee, Senator Matthew Uroghide, asked from what part of the 2018 Appropriation Act would the funds for the elections be taken?
“I think the bigger challenge really is that, is this total sum of N245bn supposed to come from virement, which the President alluded to in his previous letter. He wants to vire the 2018 budget. It is now for this committee to agree on which areas of the approved budget of 2018 we are going to get the N242bn from,” Uroghide said.
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Legit.ng earlier reported that the Nigerian Senate on Wednesday, October 10, confirmed Muiz Banire, a former legal adviser of the All Progressives Congress, as the chairman of the governing board of the Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON).
The Senate has also confirmed Folashodun Adebisi Shonubi as deputy governor at the Central Bank of Nigeria.
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