The House of Representatives will today resume from its three-week holiday but will not be able to begin consideration of the 2016 Appropriation Bill presented to a joint sitting of the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, December 22, 2015.
The spokesman of the House, Hon. Abdulrazak Namdas, told newsmen on Monday that the inability of the House to begin consideration of the proposed 2016 Budget on resumption today was as a result of the non-availability of copies of the budget for individual members.
He added that the management of the National Assembly was still making the production of the budget copies for distribution to lawmakers for their perusal in order to help them make quality contributions to the debate of the Appropriation Bill when the time comes.
He said “We are not likely to take motions or the budget because we have so much on our hand and we have promised Nigerians that we are going to pass 130 Bills in the first quarter of 2016,” he said.
Namdas added that the House will this week take 60 Bills, with 20 Bills to be listed for debate each day.
He listed the Price Control Act (Amendment) Bill, 2015; and Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Act (Amendment) Bill, 2015, among numerous other Bills to be debated today.