Reps dump Jonathan’s request to amend 2013 budget

Inside the chambers of the House of Representatives

Members of the House of Reps say the president’s request should have come in form of a supplementary bill.

The House of Representatives on Tuesday threw out President Goodluck Jonathan’s request to inject an extra N160 million into the 2013 budget, faulting the president’s procedure, but deepening a lingering controversy that has left the budget struggle to start six months into its effective year.

The lawmakers said the president’s request for an amendment to the original appropriation bill could not be effected since the budget’s total sum had been raised by N160 million; meaning the president should have forwarded for a supplementary, and not an amendment bill.

“Mr. President’s intents and purposes are well communicated and conveyed in his letter of 14/3/2013 but the companion of the said letter, voluminous as it is, in three fat volumes, seeking to amend the 2013 Appropriation Act failed in that mission and therefore amends or attempts to amend nothing,” the house said in a report that reviewed President Jonathan’s request.

The House urged the president to consider resubmitting a “proper bill” as the constitution “clearly ties the hands of Parliament.”

It is not clear yet how the senate will respond to the request.

The House’s decision, however, draws out the controversy that government officials say has hindered the implementation of the 2013 budget.

The amendment plan was agreed between the president and the National Assembly as a way out of a prolonged refusal of the President Jonathan to sign the document after it was first passed in December 2012.

The president complained about “distortions” in the proposed spending he sent last year.

After a long wait, the leadership of the both chambers-senate and the House- urged Mr. Jonathan to approve the law as passed, but assured they will consider any concern from the president in form of an amendment bill.

Both houses received the amendment bill in March and gave the legislation a first reading before a member of the house, Yakubu Dogara, raised concerns with the new figures from N4, 987,220,425,601.00 initially originally passed, to N4, 987,382,196,690.00 requested for by the president. Mr. Dogara called the bill “2013 Appropriation Bill No.2”.

“Clearly, what the Amendment Bill 2013 seeks to appropriate is more than what was appropriated for the 2013 fiscal year in the 2013 Appropriation Act, that is to say, the Executive would appear to be seeking additional funds,” the House report stated.

“Obviously, this cannot be achieved through an Amendment Bill. The answer lies in a Supplementary Appropriation under section 81(4) of the Constitution.”


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  • Mani_Kay

    This is what you get when you allow a Nigerien to occupy a very high and sensitive position in Nigeria. He really does not care and has nothing to loose; after all this is not his country. I am talking about the infantile almaijri WARLORD of the House of the Muslim North (formerly Nigeria’s House of Representatives) Alhaji Aminu Tambuwaal. Only a few days ago the Borno State Government revealed that Immam Shekau (the Leader of evil known to most people as Boko Haram) is from Niger Republic. Regrettably what they failed to disclose is that Aminu Tambuwaal and Immam Skehau are blood brothers of same family and hail from the same village, Tambuwaal in Niger Republic. Time shall tell and the truth will surely be made public.

    • deri

      How can you blame Tambuwal a man who does not even understand the role a speaker is supposed to play in our nascent democracy-he also wants to contribute to debate in the house instead of listening and moderating affairs of the house-and at the same time working for his party-he claims to be father of all-the parties in Nigeria! I laugh! mumu! Unaware that his is to champion the policies and programmes of his party PDP-he is there fighting for ACN and APC Islamic project with his stooge Amaechi in Rivers state

      • dada

        manikay_na- deri_na_mpitikwelu,

        Your names just like dame patience Jonathan and Goodluck Jonathan names sound like people from Cameroun. You see that combination of Goodluck Jonathan does not sound Nigerian. Are guys from Cameroun.? I am just asking.

  • Dankasa

    Mani, when that time you are hoping to see comes you will regret you being a Nigerian and day by day, it is for sure, you will die with this agony in your heart. You hate Hausas and Muslims but there is nothing you can do. We feed you and your drunken fathers back home, we will block that when that time comes. When your only hope (GEJ) leaves power we also will eradicate you and your brothers leaving in the north, you will see.