NASS receives committees’ report on 2016 budget

Edwin Akwueh and Lawan Hamidu, Abuja

The National Assembly has received the report of the joint Appropriations Committee on the 2016 National Budget.

The report was laid at both chambers on Tuesday, bringing to an end weeks of adjournment.

At the Senate, Danjuma Goje, who Chairs the Senate Committee on Appropriations, laid the report, while Abdulmumin Jibrin, also submitted the report to the lower legislative chamber.

Earlier, the finance committees of the two chambers had met to harmonise the discrepancies in their respective reports before adopting a harmonised version.

An overview of the harmonised Appropriation Bill shows that the total figure appropriated by the legislatures is the same as the amount contained in the budget proposal presented by President Muhammadu Buhari in December, last year.

The total sum of six trillion, seventy seven billion, six hundred and eighty million naira was appropriated by the joint committee out of which three hundred and fifty one billion, three hundred and seventy million naira has been earmarked for statutory transfers, while one trillion, four hundred and seventy five billion, three hundred and twenty million naira is for debt service.

The Senate also received report of the Conference Committee on 2016, 2017 and 2018 Medium Term Expenditure Framework, MTEF, and Fiscal Strategy Paper.

The two chambers adjourned their sitting after receiving the budget reports in honour of Musa Onwana, a member from Nasarawa State who died last Thursday.

Before its adjournment, the House also held a special prayer session for the deceased.