Budget 2018: Senate committees’ resume hearing on Budget defense

Plenary to resume next Tuesday

Stella Mbah | Tuesday, 09 January 2018 2:04pm | economy

source: @ngrSenate

Nigeria’s upper legislative chamber on Tuesday resumed the 2018 Budget defense committee hearings according to information available on the Senate’s Twitter handle @NGRSenate.

Present at the Senate Committee on Tertiary Institution & TETFund were Vice Chancellors (VCs) from various public universities including the VC University of Lagos Prof. Olutoyin Temitayo Ogundipe, Deputy VC University of Benin Prof J.O. Ehiroboho, VC University of Ibadan, Prof Abel Idowu Olayinka and VC Obafemi Owolowo University Prof Eyitope Ogunbodede.

The hearing was presided over by the committee’s Chairman, Senator Jibrin Barau (Kano-North).

Other committee’s that equally convened for budget defense on Tuesday are the Committee on Science and Technology, headed by Senator Ajayi Boroffice (Ondo North). Present at this defense was the Executive Vice Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI), Dr. Mohammed Sani Haruna.

The Committee on Water Resources led by its Chairman, Senator Muhammad Ubali Shittu (Jigawa North East) also hosted the Director General, Nigerian Hydrological Services Agency Mr Moses Oluwatoyin Bekili, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Water Resources Dr Musa Wen Ibrahim and the Executive Director,Nigerian Integrated Water Resource Management Commission Mr Reuben A. Habu at its budget defense.

Nigeria’s 2018 appropriation plan already in the committee stage has missed the January target at the lawmakers earlier indicated. The legislature is expected to resume plenary next Tuesday 16th January with the 2018 budget as its top agenda.

The spokespersons of both chambers have indicated that the legislature is more concerned about the quality and implementation of the budget than it is about the passage of the document within a particular time frame. They have however assured that the lawmakers will work as fast as possible to see that the budget is passed by the end of the first quarter, which will be a significant improvement from last year’s June passage.

Before going on the end of year recess, the President of the Senate Dr. Bukola Saraki had warned all Minsters and heads of MDAs to ensure that they respect strictly the letter of invitation stick to the time table due to paucity of time.

“This is not time for excuses for ministers and parastatals to start travelling and not be able to attend defence. We don’t have the time. It is a very short time. They should be there on time so that the committee can wrap up and present their report. I know we have a lot of work ahead,” he said.