House of Representatives has disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari has written the lower chamber stating ‘areas of concern’ in the budget.
Nigerian Pilot recalls that last week, the House said it was ready to engage the executive to identify all the areas of concern in the 2016 budget and possibly resolve the impasse.
The lower chamber, therefore, mandated the speaker, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, to immediately liaise with President Buhari to iron out some of the grey areas in the budget.
This was contrary to the position of the Senate, which had earlier insisted that it would not revisit the 2016 budget it had passed, but rather asked the president to sign the document as transmitted to him.
Briefing House Press Corps after Thursday’s plenary, the House spokesman, Hon. Abdulrazak Namdas said they were currently in possession of the president’s letter indicating ‘areas of concern.’
Namdas hinted that both chambers would now set up a joint committee to look at the letter, harmonise the grey areas and meet the president this week.
According to him, “I want to confirm to you that we are in possession of the president’s letter hilighting the grey areas.
“As you know, it will need the concurrence of the Senate. Both chambers have set up a joint committee to look into the letter, harmonise these grey areas and meet the president this week.”
However, he could not answer when the House received the letter and why it was not read on the floor of the House as has been the case with previous letters.
On the assault on Hon. Onyemaechi Mrakpor, Namdas said it was unfortunate that the C-G of Prisons could come to National Assembly and assault a lawmaker with his security aides.

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