Gbajabiamila: lawmakers will improve on past imperfections

By Our Reporter


House of Representatives Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila vowed on Tuesday that the Nineth National Assembly will improve on “past imperfections” of annual national budgets to “leave a legacy of budgets enacted without rancour”.

Gbajabiamila stated after the presentation of the 2020 Budget by President Muhammadu Buhari

The Speaker said: “There are significant flaws in the process of passage and implementation of our annual national budgets.

“Some of these problems are structural, others are a function of failures of process and inadequacies in attitude.

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“We fully intend to return to a January to December budget cycle and to put an end to the policy instability and economic uncertainty that is a consequence of an unpredictable budget cycle,” he said.

He added that the National Assembly would make every effort to achieve constructive collaboration with the executive on all matters of appropriation, implementation and oversight.

Gbajabiamila said: “We recognise that our highest ambitions and the collective best interests of our nationhood can only be achieved when the legislature and the executive work together in pursuit of our shared ambitions.

“We will seek collaboration, but we will not yield on our constitutional obligation to ensure faithful compliance with the letter and spirit of the Appropriation Act by the Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the government.

“Above all else, we will hold ourselves in the legislature and others, to the highest standards of probity because to fall short of excellence will be to betray the calling of leadership to which we all have answered,” he said.

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