The National Assembly will on Tuesday, March 27, and Wednesday, March 28, hold a public hearing on the 2018 Appropriation Bill.
According to an advertisement published in some national daily newspapers on Sunday, the hearing is jointly organised by the Senate and House of Representatives’ Committees on Appropriations, The Punch reports.
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The hearing will take place at the National Assembly Complex, Abuja, while the Federal Government’s Ministries, Departments and Agencies, stakeholders and members of the public have been invited.
It was learnt that some of those expected to make presentation at the public hearing are: Senate President Bukola Saraki; Speaker Yakubu Dogara; Kemi Adeosun, Minister of Finance; Udoma Udo Udoma, Minister of Budget and National Planning as well as Ben Nwabueze, Director General Budget Office of the Federation.
Others include: Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and Non-Government Organisations (NGOs).
President Muhammadu Buhari had laid the Appropriation Bill before the National Assembly on November 7, 2017.
During last Wednesday’s plenary session, the Speaker directed all the standing committees to conclude consultations with the ministers and heads of various Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and submit their reports to the Appropriations Committee.
Dogara who noted that a harmonised copy of the 2018 budget will be laid before both chambers on April 19 (2018) assured Nigerians that the 2018 budget will be passed on April 24 (2018).
In the same vein, Senate President Bukola Saraki, on Thursday, March, 22, mandated all the Sub-Committee on Appropriations to submit their reports on the 2018 budget between 12 noon and 6pm as from: Thursday, 22nd March, 2018 and Monday, 26th March, 2018 at Meeting Room 224, Senate building.