Wednesday, 8 August 2018

We have been assured of the speedy passage of the election budget proposals latest by next week - Mahmud Yakubu


There are signs that the National Assembly that is as of now on a two-month recess may reconvene one week from now. This Day reports that the Chairma (director) of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmud Yakubu, dropped the indication on Wednesday, August 8, while addressing newsmen toward the finish of a in-door meeting between National Assembly administration and INEC administration on the funding of 2019 general elections. 

IYB gathered that Yakubu said the National Assembly authority at the gathering that went on for more than two hours gave an affirmation that the N242 billion election budget proposition sent to the legislature by President Muhammadu Buhari in July would be endorsed one week from now. 

“We have been assured of the speedy passage of the election budget proposals latest by next week”, Yakubu opined.

It was gathered that the president uncovered this in a letter to the Senate which was read on the floor during plenary session. The president in the letter clarified that executing a budget of N9.12 trillion for 2018 will be amazingly testing and subsequently does not think of it as convenient to expand the 2018 budget to oblige the funds required for the 2019 General Elections. He requested that the National Assembly exchange the funds appropriated for the new projects which are embedded in the 2018 budget to cover the whole of N228.8 billion for the elections. 

The president made it clear that the balance of 78.3 billion will be given in the 2019 budget. The president had in June revealed that he would send a supplementary budget in the wake of raising worries about a portion of the progressions made by officials in the 2018 budget. He said that the supplementary/correction budget will comprehend some basic issues which he trusts "the National Assembly will have the capacity to speedily consider."

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