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Reps to debate 2013 budget amendment

10 May 2013, 09:06

Abuja-  The House of Representatives on Thursday in Abuja said it would commence debate on the 2013 budget amendment on April 14.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that President Goodluck Jonathan had sent an amendment proposal to the House for consideration.

Rep. Zakari Mohammed (PDP-Kwara), the chairman, House Committee on Media and Public Affairs stated this while briefing newsmen.

Mohammed said that the House could not commence the debate on the budget because some members were away on oversight duties while the ANPP and CPC members were preparing for their conventions.

He said that the scope of the amendment was wide and that it was apparent that what the Executive presented was not an amendment but more like a new budget.

``The amendment means there's a law on ground that has defects and needs correction; the quantity of changes contained in the proposed budget amendment, it’s virtually a new budget.

``The amendment is voluminous; it’s like nothing was done in the first place.

``But don't forget that a budget has been signed, and if someone is saying that because an amendment has not been passed, he won't implement the budget, them there is a problem somewhere.’’ he said.

The presidency had held several meetings with the National Assembly on the issue of bloated and distorted 2013 budget and reached a consensus before it was signed on February 27.



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