The house of representatives has again suspended debate on the provisions of the 2019 appropriation bill over what is described as “irreconcilable differences” in the document.
The lawmakers said they restricted themselves to the general principles
of the budget proposal when it was brought up for debate on Wednesday.
When the debate commenced, Chika Adamu from Niger state called the
attention of the lawmakers to the discrepancies he said were evident in
the allocations of respective ministries.
He said the proposed allocations to the ministries of finance,
education, budget and national planning; budget office and the office of
the secretary to the government of the federation under main statutory
components did not correspond with the total summary in the budget
He said there is the need to reconcile the discrepancies before the debate on the various provisions in the appropriation bill.
Ahman Pategi said the difference in figures could be a typographical
error as all figures were correct except in the summary section.
He suggested a meeting between the appropriate committee and the affected agencies for the issue to be sorted out.
Responding, Yakubu Dogara, speaker of the house, said head of the budget
office, ministers of finance and that of budget and national planing
would be invited over the matter.
“There are so many irreconcilable differences in the figures allotted in
the budget. By tomorrow, they must give us reconciled figures,” he
“I will direct the relevant committee to direct the ministry of finance
and budget/national planning. Today, we confine ourselves to the general
principles of the budget.”
Last week, the lower legislative chamber also postponed debate on the
budget after the documents were distributed late to the lawmakers.
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