Reps want 100% funds release to NASS, Judiciary

By Lesley Otu

The House of Representatives has called on the Federal Government implement fully, the budget of the National , NASS, adopted in 2018.

The call followed a submission on the floor of the House, by Babangida Ibrahim, Member representing Malumfashi/Kafur Federal Constituency of Katsina State.

The Lawmaker recalled that on 20th 2018, the report of Committees on Finance and Judiciary, was adopted for the implementation of National budget of 2018. 

According him, the House resolution urged the Ministry of Finance release 100% on First Line charge for both National and the Judiciary as captured in the 2018 Appropriation Act.

The report disclosed that the National Assembly and Judiciary receipts on First Line charge were short by ₦1,208,333,333.33 and ₦833,333,333.33, respectively on basis from January November, 2018.

The House lamented that the Ministry of Finance had failed to comply with its resolution, a situation that had to affect the smooth operations of the National Assembly. 

The House therefore, has set a Committee to liaise with the Ministry of Finance to ensure that all outstanding arrears of First Line charge to both the National Assembly and the Judiciary relating to 2018 Appropriation Act were paid. 

The House also invited the of National Assembly to brief the ad-hoc Committee on the status releases to National Assembly from January 2018 to 2019.