Barely one week to the expiration of the mandatory 30-day period for President Goodluck Jonathan to sign the 2013 Appropriation Bill into law, the House of Representatives has reiterated its preparedness to override the President’s veto if he failed to sign the money bill.
Chairman, House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Hon. Zakary Mohammed, made the position of the House known at the weekly chat with the House of Representatives correspondents. Mohammed acknowledged the ongoing talks between the presidency and the leadership of the National Assembly on the budget but said the legislators would not shy away from their constitutional responsibilities whenever the need arises.
He said that the ongoing engagement between the two arms of government was to enable them resolve certain grey areas in the budget. He disclosed that the issues at stake included the clauses relating to the budget of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC); the roll over of the capital component of the 2012 budget to the end of the first quarter of this year; the demand by the National Assembly for a quarterly briefing on the budget’s performance; and the crude oil benchmark price.