Anger as NASS suspends 2019 budget deliberations ‘indefinitely’
[8/18, 7:37 AM] nasirdambatta: The Joint Committee of the National Assembly, on the Independent National Electoral Commission has indefinitely suspended deliberations on the N189bn budget submitted by the commission for the conduct of 2019 elections on the 17th of August.
The Committee Chairman, who announced the indefinite suspension at the end of the panel’s meeting, assured Nigerians that members would do the needful to ensure that the citizens emerge victorious at the end of the day.
“Honourable minister, honourable chairman (of INEC) and presidential liaison, I want to thank you very much for your time. We have the prerogative as a committee to look into all the details having got all the clarifications we require. We will now sit as a committee at the end of the day on which one to use. We are not playing politics here. On this note, this meeting is adjourned sine die (indefinitely).” He said,
The reason for the adjournment was due to the fact that members of the committee were conflicted in considering INEC’s N189bn and the President’s request which stated that N143bn from the latter be used for the 2018 budget while the balance of N45.6bn should be used to accommodate the 2019 supplementary budget.