OrderPaperToday – Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Benjamin Kalu, has assured Nigerians that the 2021 budget proposal will be thoroughly and speedily passed.
He said the swift attention is to keep faith the January to December fiscal circle started with the 2020 budget exercise.
Mr. Kalu stated this on Thursday during a briefing with newsmen at the national assembly.
His submission is an echo of what the Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabuamila, said during the budget presentation event earlier.
He revealed that other activities of the House will be suspended on Tuesday and Wednesday to enable debate on the proposed budget presented by President Muhammadu Buhari.
He said: “Today, they have passed the ball to our court and if we delay the budget, the burden will now be on us to answer to Nigerians who are very expectant, that the continuity of this good work we started last year will not be affected by any form of delay.
“Our promise remains, the same way we worked towards realizing the budget calendar shift from what it used to be to what it is now, is what we are going to sustain going forward.
“We want to look at it. It is important also to know that we have dedicated Tuesday and Wednesday as the date we will start receiving debates on the budget that has been presenting to us. That is to tell you that we are committed and we are hitting the ground running.
“We are also hopeful that between today and that Tuesday, we will receive copies of the budget that the President has requested that the Ministry of Finance and Budget office should make available to us. Hopefully, we will dissect it before the debate will start.
“Because we need to also consult with our constituents, it is not just presenting the budget and then we start debating on it. We know it is a law that we are about to make, so it is important that the opinion and interest of the public that we represent be factored in.”
He assured that the passage of the proposed budget will not be a garbage-in-garbage out procedure but a thorough analysis will be made by the national assembly.
The spokesman also debunked rumours that consideration of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) has been suspended, saying the proposal is actually on the front burner of parliament.
Recall that the President during his speech commended the legislators for the attention to the PIB.
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