Following pertinent issue of discrepancies in figures raised by the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole,on Monday, the National Assembly (NASS) has suspended the 2016 budget passage indefinitely.
NASS suspends passage indefinitely
NASS announced the indefinite suspension of the budget passage at a joint press conference in Abuja today, February 9.
The budget was initially scheduled to be passed on February 25.
The conference was chaired by Chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriation, Senator Danjuma Goje and Chairman House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumin Jibrin.
“We need sufficient time to pass a comprehensive budget that is implementable and also acceptable,” Jibrin said.
While addressing the Senate Committee on Health during its budget defence session on yesterday, Prof. Adewole had said that the proposal drawn up by the ministry and submitted to the budget office had been doctored and that “foreign” appropriations, different from what was submitted, had been sneaked in.
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