The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila says lawmakers are working to ensure that in line with the reforms of the ninth Assembly, they have the 2023 Appropriation Bill ready for presidential assent by December.
Mr. Gbajabiamila stated this while delivering his welcome address at the resumed plenary of the house.
The Speaker explained that it was not an easy task to deliver an implementable budget at a time of significant financial limitations, especially ahead of a general election, and expressed optimism that the budget would be ready and assented to by the president next month.
He noted that the limited time available for budget consideration and the demands of the fast-approaching national elections further complicate the picture. However, I am confident that members of the House are alive to our responsibilities and will deliver our objectives in good time and to the benefit of our country.”
Reporting by Ibrahim Shehu, Editing by Marian Benjamin