National Assembly to pass 2016 budget in March

The National Assembly has pledged to pass the 2016 budget in the second week of March.

Speaking at the opening of budget defence by the House of Representatives Committees, the Chairman House Committee on Appropriation, Alh. Jibrin Abdulmumumi said the National Assembly would pass the 2016 Budget proposal by the second week of March 2016.

Alh. Abdulmumim said the new target is because the lifespan of the 2015 Appropriation Act would elapse on March 31st 2016 and to clarify certain issues with the budget.

The National Assembly had earlier promised to pass the budget by February 25, 2016.

At the defense session, the Chairman of the House Committee on Road Safety, Alhaji Ahmed Yunusa, explained some of the increment the FRSC Committee made to the budget that include the publicity budget of the Federal Road Safety Commission which was increased by more than 200% (from N16million to N56 million) due to the cost of creating awareness in the media.

“The FRSC is not a revenue generating agency, if people adhere to the rules, the roads become safer, and our revenue reduces. Reduction of revenue shows efficiency of the FRSC,” Alh. Yunusa said.

The two chambers are expected to resume plenary on Tuesday along side budget defence by various committees, after a two-week break to consider budget proposals of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).