Lawmakers adjourn plenary to consider 2019 budget

Lawan Hamidu, Abuja

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The House of Representatives has adjourned plenary for two weeks to allow its Standing Committees to begin consideration of the 2019 Budget Proposal.

This was to allow the lawmakers passed the appropriation bill before the end of the 8th Assembly.

The N8.83 trillion budget laid by President Muhammadu Buhari on December 19, 2018 is the highest budget figure submitted by any administration in the past two decades of democracy in Nigeria.

The House in January passed the second reading of the Appropriation Bill as part of measures adopted to ensure speedy passage of the document.

The House of Representatives Speaker Yakubu Dogara while announcing the adjournment announced that President Buhari has declined assent to some bills passed by both chambers and forwarded to the Presidency.

The House also deferred consideration of the report of the Committee on Finance, Appropriations, and Aids, Loans and Debt Management on the 2018-2021 Medium Term Expenditure Framework and Fiscal Strategy Paper MTEF.

The house in a motion under matters of urgent public importance condemned the incessant attacks and killings by armed bandits in Kujuru area of Kaduna State.

They also mandated security agencies to intensify efforts in stemming the tide of the attacks and killings and ensure peace and normalcy return to the area.

Mr. Yakubu Barde while moving the motion stated that recently,  the activities of these bandits have taken a strange dimension and have become a major concern to the various communities in the area.

The House therefore mandated its relevant committees to carry out a thorough investigation on these crisis with a view to unravel the fundamental issues responsible for the unrest and proffer solution for lasting peace in the area.

Confidence Okwuchi