No date for National Assembly reconvening on INEC budget

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THE National Assembly on Tuesday as said there is no date yet for recovening on issues bordering the 2019 elections budget of the Independent National Electoral Commission.

President Muhammadu Buhari had on July 17, 2018 submitted request for INEC budget to the National Assembly for consideration.

The National Assembly reaction was contained in a statement jointly signed by the Special Adviser (Media and Publicity) to Senate President, Yusuph Olaniyonu and the Special Adviser (Media and Public Affairs) to Speaker, House of Representatives, Turaki Hassan.

It reads, “The Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki and Speaker, House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, have directed that we inform all Senators, Honorable Members and the public that a date has not been set for the reconvening of the Senate and the House of Representatives to consider the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) 2019 elections budget request forwarded by President Muhammadu Buhari on July 17, 2018.

“The leadership of the two chambers had met and agreed to reconvene to consider the proposal this week before which a meeting between the Joint Senate and House of Representatives Committees on Electoral Matters and officials of the INEC must have held on or before Monday August 13, 2018.

“The joint committees were also expected to meet with the joint Senate and House Committees on Appropriations, Loans and Debts on the Eurobond loan request after which two reports would have been ready for presentation in the two chambers.

“However, no such meeting had taken place yet as a result of which both Senate and House of Representatives cannot reconvene as there is no report to consider.

“Until the Committees have a ready report for the consideration of the two chambers, it will be most irresponsible to recall members from recess especially those that may have travelled to Saudi Arabia for the Hajj.”

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