The House of Representatives yesterday accepted to comply with the conditions given by President Muhammadu Buhari that details of the 2017 budget be debated on the floor and passed before he can sign the budget into law.
The Speaker in his welcome speech on the resumption of members from the Yuletide recess said the House “must brace up and work assiduously and conscientiously to give Nigerians a budget that will not only lift us out of recession but kick-start the needed expeditious journey into prosperity.
“We pledge to reform the budget process. To this end, therefore, we would ensure that the procedure and process of consideration and passage of the 2017 budget is transparent, inclusive and professionally handled. The details of the budget should be debated and passed in Plenary to avoid those needless pitfalls that normally characterise the budget process.
“Critical bills designed to stimulate and streamline our economy such as the Public Procurement Act amendment, Federal Competition Bill, Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), and others will receive expeditious consideration. Important Bills on Constitution alteration and Amendment to the Electoral Act also deserve expeditious consideration and passage,” he said.
Dogara further said the economy must be the central focus of the House this year and that the 2017 Budget remained the major tool to rejig the economy. “Measures to get Nigeria out of recession must be the critical aspect of our legislative activities.