2017 Budget: Dogara gives committees Friday to submit reports

SPEAKER of the House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara, yesterday, gave Friday deadline to committees yet to submit report of 2017 budget to the Committee on Appropriation to do so, warning that any that failed to heed the new directive would face consequences.

This directive was given as some adhoc committee chairmen, yesterday, raised alarm over the manner the House leadership dissolved 22  adhoc committees set up before standing committees were put in place in 2015, Vanguard reports.

Dogara, who gave the deadline at plenary, said there was urgent need for the House to conclude work on the 2017 Appropriation Bill.

According to him, the affected chairmen and deputy chairmen of committees should endeavour to submit their reports latest March 30 to enable the Appropriation Committee hasten the process of passing the 2017 Appropriation Bill.

It would be recalled that the spokesman of the House, Abdulrazak Namdas, had on March 16, told newsmen that the March 30 deadline set by the National Assembly for the passage of Bill was not sacrosanct.

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