There was a rancorous division in the Nigerian House of Representative today following the proposed presentation of 2014 budget by President Goodluck Jonathan.
In the debate during plenary session, some House members were in support of the proposed presentation of the 2014 budget while others were completely against it.
In his remark, Hon. Ali Madaka from Kano State and Hon Friday Itulah from Edo State opined that the presentation of budget should not be an annual ritual especially when such is needless since the 2013 budget has not been fully implemented. Rep Ben Nwankwo (APGA, Anambra) said the House has the constitutional powers to ascertain budget performance, saying all they needed to do was to postpone Jonathan’s presentation.
However, Reps Warman Ogoribo (PDP, Bayelsa) and Tajudeen Yusuf (PDP, Kogi) had a different take on the issue. They argued that that no motion or opinion should make the lawmakers stop Jonathan’s presentation on Tuesday, arguing that some committees’ oversights reports are yet to be completed. Both those supporting that the President should be allowed to present the budget on Monday and those opposed booed each other.
Speaker of the House Tambuwal however ruled that the matter could not be debated because it was brought up under ‘personal explanation’. It should be recalled that the Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Dr Ngozi Okonjo had on Monday told a Senate committee that all capital fund released had been cash-backed.