Friday, 22 April 2016

National Assembly will not oppose APC on 2016 Budget- Dogara

National Assembly Speaker- Yakubu Dogara
The speaker of the National Assembly Yakubu Doga said yesterday that they will not project themselves as an opposition to the All Progressives Congress (APC) led administration by overriding a veto on the 2016 budget, Speaker said Yakubu Dogara said yesterday.

Dogara equally questioned constitutional stipulations reserving the preparation of the budget with the executive arm of government. 

He made his comments while he received a delegation of APC elders and stakeholders from Kwande/Oshongo federal constituency of Benue state in the National Assembly. 

Dogara said no matter the level of provocation from some persons, the executive and the parliament will not have any fight over their differences arising from the 2016 budget as passed by the National Assembly.

“As we speak to you, I know that the executive has sent their observations on the budget, areas they termed “grey areas”. We have taken delivery of that document, we are looking into it and in collaboration with the senate, the entire National Assembly, we have arrived at a decision which I will not announce here because that one is for the ears of the President only. 

“It is in the overall national interest, we know that we have to find a solution and sooner than later, within this week, I believe that as leaders, having put on our thinking caps, we should be able to come up with a solution that will address this problem.” 

The Speaker, according to a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Public Affairs, Turaki Hassan, said the National Assembly was well within its powers to make amendments to the budget before passing it because the role of the executive stopped at providing estimates to the legislature which prepares it into an appropriation law.

Dogara said that while the parliament is responsible for preparing the budget, the executive branch of power has a responsibility to prepare revenues and projections. 

“Then, the parliament, in exercise of its duties, will make appropriation in a document called budget. Budget is always a law, it is not a policy statement and there is no government arm, no institution of government that can make laws except the National Assembly.

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