Reps throw out 2013 budget amendment bill •Say it failed to meet requirements

THE House of Representatives, on Wednesday, threw out the 2013 amendment budget request sent to it by President Goodluck Jonathan, saying that the request failed to meet constitutional requirements.  The decision was sequel to a June 5, 2013 constitutional point of order raised by the chairman, House Committee on House Services, Honourable Yakubu Dogara, where he claimed that consideration of the amendment bill would amount to act of illegality.

However, at Wednesday’s sitting, the chairman, House Committee on Rules and Business, Honourable Albert Sam-Tsokwa, in a report entitled: “the constitutionality or otherwise of the bill for an Act to amend the 2013 Appropriation Act,” maintained that the Appropriation Act was amendable, but the way and manner the 2013 budget amendment was packaged by the executive was not in line with the nation’s extant law.



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