The Senate and House of Representatives Committees on Appropriations are expected to turn in their report on the 2021 Appropriation Bill on Thursday.
It was found that some standing committees did not submit their reports on ministries, departments and agencies.
The National Assembly will not continue to hear public debates on the issue this year,
Our correspondent understands that the Budget Committees, which will compile and compile the reports submitted by the (sub-committees), will submit their joint reports on December 3, while the Senate and House will decide. review and execute report. on December 10.
“Everything must be collected by December 3,” said Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila on October 20.
Gbajabiamila, however, on November 24, complained that there were still less than 40 committees that submitted their reports to the House Committee on Budget.
The UN adjourned its meeting on October 22 for standing committees to hold budget defense talks with MDAs on the 2021 budget proposal.
Standing committees act as a sub-committee for the budget committee during the implementation of the budget. The subcommittees are due to submit their reports by November 18.
Speaking to our correspondent on Monday, Iduma Igariwey, Deputy Chairman of the Budget Committee, said, “Public hearings have been suspended due to COVID-19 behavior; this is the main reason. Having difficulty finding a space that can accommodate the number of people we invite.
“We even thought of doing it through Zoom or whatever, but we don’t have the tools to do that,” he said.
“We even thought of using the hall but decided it was not possible to use the hall for public hearings. This is the main reason and there is no reason. It will not be held again this year for the same reason. ”
Commenting on the budget reports, Igariwey said, “As of last Friday, I would say that a large number of committees have submitted their reports to the Budget Committee.
“I think the most important thing; mobile is that it is likely that the National Assembly will set the budget for the approval of the President as provided by the Constitution before the end of the year.
When asked to confirm the statement that the joint Senate and House Committees on Budget will present their report on December 3, while the National Assembly will pass the budget on December 10, Igariwey refused to confirm specific dates.
“Honestly, I can’t give you an answer for the specific dates because even when the committees submit to the executive committee, we still have a lot of work to do because we will consider reports from both houses.
“There will still be good communication between the executive and the legislature in terms of clarifying certain issues.”
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