The debate on the general principles of the 2019 appropriation bill has been suspended by the Nigeria House of Representatives.
The bill which will be listed on the order paper on the next legislative day was suspended due to the late arrival of the copies to members, Premium Times reports.
Recall that President Buhari who presented the proposals at a joint session of the National Assembly had in December 2018 proposed a budget of N8.83 trillion for 2019.
Also recall that the House of Representatives had on Wednesday, January 16, adjourned proceedings till Thursday, January 17, in honour of late Rep. Abayomi Ayeola and former President Shehu Shagari.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that the sitting was the first in 2019 after the Christmas and New Year break.
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Late Ayeola, a serving member of the House representing Ibeju-Lekki Federal Constituency in Lagos state on the platform of the All Progressive Congress (APC) died during the break.
Similarly, Shagari who was one time member of the House died on December, 31, 2018 during the break.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara on Wednesday, January 16, said the lower legislative chamber will start debates on the proposed 2019 Appropriation Bill today, Wednesday, January 17.
Dogara, in a statement, said the budget debate would have started on January 16 but had to be shelved in honour of the late Abayomi Ayeola (APC, Lagos), who died in December 2018.
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