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Reps To Reconsider NASS Budget Office Bill

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The House of Representatives has commenced the process of reviving the National Assembly Budget and Research Office (NABRO) Bill with the proposed law passing the first reading stage in the House last week Wednesday.

The Bill, which was twice passed into law by both chambers of the National Assembly during the 2003 to 2007 and 2011to 2015 Assemblies, however failed to get the required presidential assent at different times and for unknown reasons.

But re-presenting the Bill last week, the chairman of the House Committee on Legislative Budget and Research, Hon. Timothy Golu Simon (PDP, Plateau), said the 8th Assembly is optimistic that the new Bill would scale through and will also recieve the presidential assent by President Muhammadu Buhari in order to become a law.

He added that the House would do all within its powers to ensure the passage of the Bill into law before the end of 2016.

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“That’s why we are starting early enough to get the bill processed into law through all the required legislative stages,” the lawmaker said.

He added that the Bill would “enable the legislature have a functional budget and research office that will give timely, objective and non-partisan analysis of all budgetary data and economic decisions and policies of the federal government.”

Hon. Golu however noted that the earlier NABRO Bills were not signed into law by the previous administrations due to their late passage by the National Assembly at that period, adding that it was not for any other reason or its viability.


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