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N55.8 bn NCC budget passes second reading

03 October 2013, 20:36

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 Accounts.

The sum of N10 billion has been set aside as the universal service fund, while N19.3 billion is  earmarked for capital and special projects.

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 Nigerian schools.

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 NCC.

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 for Lagos.

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.


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