Saraki inaugurates NASS Budget Reforms C’ttee

President of the Sen­ate, Abubakar Bu­kola Saraki has set up a 15-man committee on Budget Reforms aimed at ensuring greater scru­tiny, openness and creat­ing time roadmaps that would lead to the passage and implementation of the national budgets.
The budget reforms committee include heads of five membership com­mittees of the Senate, Sen Mohammed Ali Ndume, Appropriation, Sen Mo­hammed Danjuma Goje, Sen Baba Kaka Garba, Chairman House com­mittee on Rules and Business, and Minister of Budget, Sen Udoma Udo Udoma.
The committee is to be assisted by a 10-man tech­nical committee led by Di­rector General, National Institute of Legislative Studies, Dr Ladi Hamalai.
Other members are: Mr Ben Akabueze- (DG Budget Office), Prof Mike Obadab, Dr Adeyemi Fa­jingbesi, Barr Kingsley Amaku, Chinedu Omen­ka Samuel, H.O. Olutoye. Hon C.I.D. Maduabum and Dr Chris Asoluka
Speaking at the inaugu­ration of the committees, Saraki noted that over the years the nation’s budget had been subjected to un­due criticism by the two arms of government and the Nigerian public lead­ing to the resolve of his ad­ministration to establish a budget Reforms Commit­tee.
He said: “For us in the 8th National Assembly we are ready to open a new chapter and lay a new foundation on which an effective budget process can be built. This is the task on our hands.
“It is a notorious fact that our annual budgets are yet to be fully aligned with our development goals; from conceptualisa­tion, approval and imple­mentation of our annual budget there is need to converge our budgeting to National planning, conti­nuity, efficiency hence the need to revisit the pro­cess.”

Originally posted 2016-07-26 02:12:38.

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