The 2013 Appropriation amendment act presented by President Goodluck Jonathan has passed second reading in the House of Representatives. The first reading of the bill took place on 27 March, and since then it has been a source of disagreement between the executive and the legislature.
Specifically, the budget was passed in December 2012, and the President assented to it, but sent an amendment to the budget earlier this year. The House said two weeks ago that it would not consider the budget except through a supplementary approach, a development which pitched the parliament against the executive arm.
Leading debate on the bill yesterday, House Leader, Mulikat Akande Adeola, appealed to members to allow it pass second reading for development purpose.
Commenting the general principles of the bill, Samson Osagie said the house needed to critically examine the level of implementation of the budget so far and the actual personnel cost of ministries, departments and agencies. Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal however appealed to the lawmakers that in view of public interest, they should allow the bill pass despite their reservations.
All members yielded to Tambuwal’s appeal after which the bill was referred to the House committees on appropriations and finance for further legislative actions.