Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Media and Public Affairs Hon. Abdulrazak Namdas said debate on 2016 budget would continue this week on the floor of the House.
Namdas also assured that the House will pass into law the N6.08 trillion 2016 Appropriation Bill pending before it in February.
The lawmaker stated that the House maintained its position to commence the on-going debate on the bill before it this week, stressing that what was currently being considered in the House was the corrected copies of the budget as indicated by President Muhammadu Buhari in an official letter on Tuesday January 19.
Nevertheless, a copy of the budget document obtained by our correspondent showed no remarkable differences in both the old version of the document and the new one.
The recurrent budget of some departments under the Presidency has showed no much differences as follows: Federal Character Commission: 275,153,045 (new); 275,153,044 (old); Ministry of Finance: 1,479,099,105,828 (new) 1,479,099,105,827 (old): Total Over Head: 2,276,372,794,995 (new) 2,276,372,794,993 (old): State House Expenditure: 11,809,567,097, (new) 11,909,567,095 (old); Purchase of Motor Vehicle: 340,000,000 (new) 3,889,015,000 (old).
Also speaking of the inauguration of the Special Ad-hoc Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution done by the Speaker Hon. Yakubu Dogara he added that there was no way one chamber of the legislature will amend the constitution without the other.
He explained that constitution amendment was a continuous process, adding that the House Rules provides that business of lawmaking continues from one assembly to another in a democracy.


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