The House of Representatives yesterday accepted to comply with the conditions given by President Muhammadu Buhari that details of the 2017 budget be debated on the floor and passed before he can sign the budget into law.
The Speaker in his welcome speech on the resumption of members from the Yuletide recess said the House “must brace up and work assiduously and conscientiously to give Nigerians a budget that will not only lift us out of recession but kick-start the needed expeditious journey into prosperity.
“We pledge to reform the budget process. To this end, therefore, we would ensure that the procedure and process of consideration and passage of the 2017 budget is transparent, inclusive and professionally handled. The details of the budget should be debated and passed in Plenary to avoid those needless pitfalls that normally characterize the budget process.