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2018 budget delay: Saraki blames 20 committee chairmen

• Issues 24 hours ultimatum to erring heads

Fred Itua, Abuja 

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has listed chairmen of 20 committees as being responsible for the delay in the passage of the 2018 national budget.

Saraki frowned at the refusal of the 20 committee chairmen to submit their reports to the Committee on Appropriation.

The committees are Defence, Army, Air Force, Navy, Industry, FCT, States and Local Governments, Culture and Tourism, Petroleum Resources (Downstream), Petroleum Resources (Upstream), Niger Delta, SDGs and Primary Health Care and Communicable Diseases.

Others are Health, Capital Market, Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND, FERMA, Works, Power and Cooperation and Integration.

The senate president directed the panel chairmen to submit their reports before the end of business today and warned that the chamber will work with the original proposal submitted by President Muhammadu Buhari; if the committees refuse to comply.

Saraki said: “I am sorry to have chosen this method. I have no alternative than to list these committees so that these chairmen can know they are holding all of us back.  

“These 20 committees must ensure that their reports are submitted today. We have a deadline which we have committed to. You can’t hold us back. You must submit unfailingly, today.”

Both chambers of the National Assembly have set April 24 to pass a harmonised version of the budget, which Buhari submitted on November 7, 2017.

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  1. Ezekiel Okeke 14th April 2018 at 12:35 pm

    The so-called NASS are club of bandits collaborating with the enemy in murder of this territory natives and in the plunder of this territory natives God given wealth. All the collaborators of the enemy must go down with the enemy in this climax of the ongoing Revolution War of the natives under the natives Disintegrated Republics which secures the natives existence and future in 21st century world. Only the Sword decides. God Is With Us!!!

  2. Ezekiel Okeke 14th April 2018 at 1:46 pm

    The club of bandits nickname NASS facilitates the instruments nickname budget with which the enemy plunder this territory natives God given wealth and uses it to fund the enemy’s brainwashed terrorism mercenaries nickname military, police etc- who are behind the attacks and killings of this territory natives in disguise as so-called herdsmen etc. for fulani fraudulent criminal sultanate political government with its emirates under the dead fraudulent political name Nigeria. All collaborators of the enemy must go down with the enemy in this climax of the ongoing Revolution War of the natives under the natives Disintegrated Republics which secures the natives existence and future in 21st century world. Only the Sword decides. God Is With Us!!!

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