Abuja – Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, has expressed concern over late presentation of 2014 Appropriation Bill by President Goodluck Jonathan.
The speaker argued such a move might result in the late passage of the budget implementation by the executive.
“Honorable Colleagues, that just before we proceeded on recess, the 2014 Appropriation Bill was submitted by Mr President. We have continued to express our concern over late budget presentation which often leads to late passage of the budget. Poor budget implementation by the executive over the years has continued to test the patience and tolerance of Nigerians of office holder’s commitment to their welfare. It is important to note that early commencement of budget implementation is of the essence in ensuring full, efficient and effective program execution,” said Tambuwal.
He urged the lawmakers to ensure all due diligence and scrutiny for the realization of a pro-people budget.
“We must work assiduously to pass the 2014 Appropriation Bill expeditiously. I am sure that Nigerians can count on our capacity to deliver in this regard. Also, critical in the consideration of the 2014 budget is the funding of the judicial arm. There have been series of appeals from the Chief Justice of Nigeria and former Chief Justices under the auspices of the body of Benchers on the need for enhanced funding of the judiciary. The progressive decline of allocation to the judicial branch should be reversed in the interest of the country,” Tambuwal added.
The Speaker also called on the lawmakers to take note of the fact that legal autonomy without financial autonomy would not deliver the truly independent judiciary Nigerians craved for.
“Besides, given that 2014 is an election year, there is no doubt that the judiciary will be seriously inundated with election cases in addition to their normal workload. We will therefore be counting on the cooperation of our colleagues in the Senate towards the realization of this objective.”
– CAJ News