2018 Budget: House of Reps members snubbed Buhari’s Request

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House of Representatives had called its suspended member, Adulmumini Jibrin to tender an unreserved written apology before he can return to the House.

2018 Budget: House of Reps members snubbed Buhari’s Request
Speaker Yakubu Dogara/ Photo credit: Infinitylive

The Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has written to the House of Representatives, requesting for permission to present the estimates of the 2018 budget proposal to a joint session of the National Assembly on Tuesday, November 7, 2017.

As he stated in the letter; “Pursuant to Section 81 of the 1999 Constitution, may I crave the kind indulgence of the National Assembly to grant me the slot of 1400hrs (2pm) on Tuesday, 7th of November, 2017 to formally address a joint session and lay before the National Assembly the estimates of the 2018 budget proposal,” the President wrote.

Sequel to this, members of the House of Reps snubbed reading of the letter by the Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara, alarming for the implementation of the 2017 National Budget.

According to report, there was a serious shouting in the House, some were asking “What about the 2017 budget? Have they implemented the 2017 budget? No, take the letter back.”

However, Speaker of the House calmed the audience by clarifying that the House does not have any right to refuse accepting the bill from the President, as stated in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Dogara said: “Honourable colleagues, unfortunately, the constitution does not provide that we can refuse to receive the budget estimates.”

It was gathered that the Senate President Bukola Saraki had also read the letter to the senate house.

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Also, the House of Representatives had called its suspended member, Adulmumini Jibrin to tender an unreserved written apology before he can return to the House.

 

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