2021 budget estimates will receive thorough, speedy consideration - Gbajabiamila

Senate President Ahmed Lawal and Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila on the occasion

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has assured that the National Assembly would give thorough and speedy consideration to the 2021 budget estimates presented by President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, October 8, 2020.

Gbajabiamila said the promise that members of the 9th Assembly made to return the country's annual budget to the January to December cycle, which they achieved last year, remains unchanged, hence the resolve to ensure a thorough job on the budget at hand.

In his remarks during the budget presentation, Gbajabiamila also assured that members of the National Assembly would hold themselves to the highest standards of integrity in the budget process.

He said they would work with relevant government agencies to ensure that the budget meets the yearnings and aspirations of the Nigerian people.

"We have once again just experienced the beauty and majesty of our democracy – The Laying of the Budget proposals before the Legislature for consideration and approval."

"I believe I speak on behalf of the entire National Assembly, in assuring you that this proposal will receive thorough and speedy consideration.

"We will collaborate with the Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the Executive to deliver a budget that meets the needs and matches the ambitions of the Nigerian people.

"And we will hold ourselves in the Legislature to the highest standards of integrity so that our deliberations and contributions to this process are motivated only by considerations of the best interests of the Nigerian people."

He said: "When just over a year ago, we gathered in this chamber to receive the budget proposal and begin the appropriation process, we made specific commitments to the Nigerian people. We promised that we would pass the budget promptly, free of the rancour that had bedevilled the process in time past. We delivered on that promise.
Among other things, Gbajabiamila announced that "henceforth, all Ministries, Departments and Agencies who come to defend their budget proposals, will do so without their security details present.

"We must take this course of action to prevent the unacceptable proliferation of sidearms in the hearing rooms during such engagements.

"Additionally, the House intends to adhere to the Covid-19 social distancing protocols, and we need to be able to limit the numbers of people in these hearing rooms at any time.

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