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2010 budget: House of Reps blames Presidency for delay

Abuja — The House of Representatives on Friday blamed the Presidency for the delay in passing the 2010 appropriation bill into law.

Rep. Eseme Eyiboh, Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Media and Public Affairs, told newsmen in Abuja that the Presidency had just brought six new adjustments to the budget proposals.

He said the adjustments were targeted at  areas of quick impact of the economy, such as  security, infrastructure development and service delivery.Eyiboh said the House and the Senate were working harmoniously to come up with a common bill on the budget to ensure unity of purpose, direction and confidence in governance.

He said the benchmark of 57 dollars per barrel used for the appropriation was likely to be raised to address the N1 trillion deficit in the budget.

“There is the likelihood that the benchmark will be raised from 57 dollars per barrel to address the N1 trillion deficit in the budget,” he added.

Eyiboh promised that the House of Representatives would step up its oversight functions to ensure that fund appropriated for projects were judiciously utilised.

He also explained that the report of the House delegation to Saudi Arabia had been over_ taken by events, noting that the purpose was to ensure that Acting President Goodluck Jonathan assumed his rightful status.


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