Abuja -The Nigerian Communication
Communications (NCC) N55.8 billion 2013 budget, on Thursday was passed at second reading by the House of Representatives.
A total of N14.6 billion is meant for the recurrent expenditure,
while N7.3billion is intended to be transferred to the Federation
The sum of N10 billion has been set aside as the universal service
fund, while N19.3 billion is earmarked for capital and special
Debating the budget, Rep. Oyetunde Ojo (APC-Ekiti), who is the
Chairman, House Committee on Communications, said the passage of the
budget was critical to the provision of information technology in
He urged members to ensure the passage of the budget as it would impact positively on the economy.
In his contribution, Rep. Forte Dike (APGA-Anambra) said that the
budget was reasonable and called on other government agencies to emulate
He noted that the commission has played a pivotal role in the country's communication sector.
Also speaking, Rep. Dakuku Peterside (PDP-Rivers) noted that the
commission's budget is critical to the country's economic growth.
According to him, the passage of the budget will enable the commission to discharge its statutory responsibilities.
Meanwhile, the House has directed its Committee on Aviation and
Public Safety and National Security to investigate the incident of
stowaway at the Benin airport.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that on Aug. 24, Daniel
Ohikhena stowed away in the tyre compartment of an Arik airline bound
This resolution followed a motion by Rep. Abubakar Momoh (APC-Edo) which was unanimously adopted.
According to Momoh, the incident has exposed various security lapses at Nigera's airports.
He noted that since the incident no conclusive investigation has been carried out.
The lawmaker added that such incidents would have adverse consequences on Nigeria's national security and public safety.