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Friday, 12 August 2016

Dogara Says Adjusting 2016 budget was in people’s interest

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has said that the adjustments in the 2016 Appropriation Bill by the House of Representatives was to accommodate the interests of the people.



Dogara, who spoke in Abuja yesterday at the Civil Society Dialogue Session on one year of the Legislative Agenda organised by Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre (PLAC), maintained that the Appropriation Bill is just like any other bill which must be subjected to normal legislative processes and scrutiny.


“If you contend that we cannot tinker with the Appropriation Bill, even though it is a money bill, it therefore goes without saying that we cannot tinker with any executive bill. If you say the National Assembly doesn’t have the powers to tinker with the budget, that we just pass it, when it is prepared and laid we turn it into a bill. If it is a bill how do other bills make progression in the parliament in order to become law?” he said.


The Speaker argued that by virtue of the provisions of the Legislative Houses Powers and Privileges Act, no member of the parliament can be charged to court or investigated for exercising their powers of law making.

He said the 2016 budget was controversial from the onset but the House handled the controversy with maturity, employing the democratic tools of dialogue, compromise and consensus by which an implementable 2016 budget was passed and assented to.

Dogara cited the powers of the National Assembly to authorize funds for the executive under Section 80 (3) of the 1999 Constitution, saying the budget is a law and cannot be made without tinkering with details that reflect the interests of the people.

On zonal intervention projects popularly known as constituency projects for members of the National Assembly, Dogara, said it was the only means through which lawmakers attract federal projects to their constituents. This, he said, was necessary because the projects selection process lacks integrity as it is always lopsided against most federal constituencies.

The Speaker emphasised on the need for more sensitisation of the public on the role of the legislature in the appropriation process, saying the misconception of this role led to attempts to discredit the 2016 budget.

Dailytrust


17 comments:

Tuscany said...

Una don hear?

Ohuche Chijioke said...

Which people?

Adjusting the budget was for the interest of you and your allies pocket biko.

Nigerians can't fall for this anymore

Isolde Fontaine said...

Just imagine, its only in Nigeria something like this can happen. He is not even repentant.

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Anonymous said...

na wa o

sisi eko said...

He's right though. Very logical argument. Over to you, Jubrin.

Jay Moore said...

Dogara should honourably resign and stop giving us excuses. His reputation is already gone. Everything in our country is constitutionalised especially looting.

"If you say the National Assembly doesn’t have the powers to tinker with the budget, that we just pass it, when it is prepared and laid we turn it into a bill. If it is a bill how do other bills make progression in the parliament in order to become law?"

** That means for a bill to progress,you have to tinker the bill. It's a fraudulent act when few house committee members tinker a bill by the side**. Am sure some house members never knew padding was going on until Jibrin brought the matter to public domain.
It's not like you tinker a bill to benefit your constituency, all proceeds still goes into your personal pocket.

Dogara and his colleagues committed a crime. This is why i respect western politicians. They will resign and allow their authorities to commence investigation but our greedy politicians can't do such. Because budget padding has been going on in the past doesn't mean he did not commit any crime...
By the way, why is Dogara still talking about the issue while APC asked Jibrin to keep quiet? Totally wrong.

nwanyi imo said...

So the budget was adjusted;in other words,the budget was padded.hmmmmm!EZIOKWU?!!! Endtime confession

Anonymous said...

Oe your interest oga. You people always thinker with anything about money to suit your pocket. Bunch of selfish legislatives. Thieves all of you

Anonymous said...

First you denied tampering with the budget,now you are admitting that you did.Only it's for our own GOOD.Mr Dogara,you are a liar and a thief.

Anonymous said...

First you denied tampering with the budget,now you are admitting that you did.Only it's for our own GOOD.Mr Dogara,you are a liar and a thief.

Anonymous said...

This idiot should shut up already

Tush baby said...

Apc mother of corruption

Local Girl said...

Of course it is in "people's" interest. Are you and your cronies not people? Smh.

Cynthia Iyede said...

Kworrupt fifle....

Mrs. Romas said...

Why is this man and his cohort not in jail? This is a big shame.
I always tell Nigerians i know, voting for a President is not the problem in Nigeria, the big problems are the seats of the Senates and house of Representatives. These are the people who make and implements the law.

Please President Buhari should send EFCC after this man already.

Lilly simple said...

That's d part am trying to understand

Thought dey said deir's nothing like padding

Ayomide Adenike said...

its only God that can judge una

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