Except for any last minute changes, the National Assembly has promised that the 2016 Appropriation bill will be passed on March 17.
The chairmen of the Senate and House of Representatives Committees on Appropriations, Danjuma Goje and Jibrin Abdulmumin, made the announcement during a joint press briefing held on Wednesday.
According to them, reports from the bicameral chambers would be laid on Wednesday, March 16, before they are considered and passed on March 17.
Speaking on the matter, Mr. Goje said, “The various sub committees of the two chambers have interacted with the various MDA’s, the Committees have produced their reports and all the Committees of the two chambers have fully submitted their reports.
“We have been working very hard round the clock at the same time at the weekends and we will continue to do that until we finish the compilation of our reports.
“The essence of the press conference is to give Nigerians a progress report.”
On his part, Mr. Abdulmumin said, “After all consultation with the leadership of the House and Senate we can confirm to you that all things being equal we should be able to lay our report of the 2016 Appropriation bill before the House and the Senate on the 16th of March and the consideration, hopefully should be done on the 17th.
“So it is safe for us to conclude that the 2016 Appropriation bill will be passed on the 17th of March 2016.
“We are going to open in the next few days’ consultation with the relevant stakeholders in this process, most especially the executive arm of government.
“Particularly in the case of the House, we are going to engage the Minister of Budget and Planning, Minister of Finance, DG Budget office.
“Most importantly we are working hand in hand with the Senate and things are looking up, we are putting in our best on a daily basis.”
The passage of the 2016 budget was earlier postponed indefinitely following controversy over questionable allocations in proposals.