BY EMMAN OVUAKPORIE
ABUJA – DISTURBED by the slow pace of the various committees in handling the 2012 budget, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Aminu Tambuwal, yesterday, ordered the committees to submit their budget reports on Monday or lose their oversight function of the budget defence to the Appropriation Committee of the House.
On January 19, the House suspended plenary session to allow standing committees carry out budget defence with Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Government, MDAs, but as at yesterday no committee had submitted any report to the Appropriation Committee.
A peeved Tambuwal warned that any committee that failed to submit its report risked the right to defend the budget to the Appropriation Committee, declaring that the Appropriation Committee would take over from any committee that failed to submit its report on or before Monday, February 6, 2012.
To fast track their work, Tambuwal said plenary session would be suspended for Wednesday and Thursday to enable the committees conclude work on the budget.
In another development, the House has urged the Federal Government to stop further siting of its parastatals and agencies in state capitals, which already had such offices.
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