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Reps suspend plenary till April 2 for budget defence

By Levinus Nwabughiogu
ABUJA – House of Representatives has suspended all plenary activities for two weeks.

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The suspension was reached at Tuesday plenary presided by Speaker Yakubu Dogara.

The decision was to enable the House call for 2019 budget defence by Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs of government.

Recall that the House had before the 2019 general elections in February passed the budget to second reading to enable its standing committees commence work on it.

Recall also that the Medium Term Expenditure Framework, MTEF is yet to be passed by the House.

It is a norm to pass the MTEF before working on the budget.

But the House shelved debates on the document to receive the budget from President Muhammadu Buhari in December, 2018.

However, report on the document by House committees on Finance, Appropriations, and Aids, Loans and Debt Management which was due for presentation on Tuesday was stalled by the absence of the Chair, Hon. Ibrahim Babangida.

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