Gbajabiamila goes tough, tasks Buhari on early transmission of 2020 budget, MTEF

…as Senators, Reps set for 2 months vacation

Akin Akinbobola

The leadership of House of Representatives did not mince words over its frustration on the prolonged delay in the transmission of Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and 2020 – 2023 Fiscal Policy (FSP) by the Executive arm of Government.

In the bid to ensure smooth relationship between the National Assembly and President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet, Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila during an interactive session with Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) harped on the need to adhere to the provisions of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) and Fiscal Responsibility Act (FRA).

He specifically tasked the Presidency to submit the MTEF/FSP by July 2019 before the House adjourns for its 2-month vacation.

The Speaker further stressed the need for a quick submission of budget by the executive so as to speed up work on the budget by the legislature to avoid nagging issues on budget delay.

“I consider your been here as a privilege to us. There’s a whole array of shopping list and your office is very crucial for intervention.”

“First, we intend to build an international standard type of library for the National Assembly because I promised during my inaugural speech that I would operate an Information Communication Technology (ICT) system and of course we would be needing your intervention.”

“Also as part of my campaign promises, on Tuesday that the National Assembly would be resuming, the members would experience some form of transformation because work in the chamber is almost 80% completed and therefore moving forward, there would be such things as face recognition and electronic registration for members.”

“Despite the talk about the independence of the legislature, people must understand that the three arms of government are inter-dependent and must work together for the growth and development of our country.

“I want to also use this opportunity to appeal to you to inform the President to submit MTEF before the House goes on break next month.

“We also want the budget to be presented by the Executive in September so as to avoid all these nagging issues on budget delay,” Gbajabiamila urged.

Speaking earlier, Boss Mustapha, SGF who was accompanied by Senator Ita Enang, Senior Special Adviser to the President on National Assembly matters in both chambers felicitated with the new leadership of the Lower Chamber.

“I congratulate the Speaker and his Deputy for emerging victorious in a keenly contested, bi-partisan and transparent election.

“This is a courtesy call to pursue the part of work together to ensure that our people get the dividends of democracy which they truly desire.

“I am confident that the calibre of people elected in the 9th Assembly would go a long way in proffering solution that would bring succour to our people,” Mustapha assured.