Reps Urges Buhari to Ensure Full Implementation of 2019 Appropriation Act

  • Reps condemn alleged breach of the titution on the 2018 appropriation act.
  • Senate passes Police Reform Bill.

The House of Representatives has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to direct the Ministry of Finance and the Accountant General of the Federation to ensure the 2019 appropriation act is fully implemented as regards the statutory transfers for these agencies.

The lower chamber in today’s sitting condemned in the strongest terms, what it describes as breaches to the constitution and the laws of statutory transfers by the executive concerning the 2018 appropriation act.

The House via a motion sponsored by Rep Edward Pwajok, noted that some agencies such as the Independent National Electoral Commission (IHNEC), and the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), who were on first line charge, have not been fully funded.

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The House has also resolved to transmit the resolution to the Senate for concurrence.

Senate passes Police Reform Bill

In another development, the Senate has passed the Police Reform Bill, 2019 (SB. 683).

This followed the consideration of the report of the Senate Committee on Police Affairs during plenary on Wednesday.

The report was presented by Senator Tijjanj Kaura, while, Senator Mao Ohuabunwa seconded that the Senate considers the report of the Committee.

Speaking on the floor of the house, the lawmaker representing Lagos East Senatorial District, Gbenga Ashafa said the parliament had to look at what the Bill stands for and address issues such as “welfare and the environment” in which police operatives work.

“Do they have enough for logistics? Do they have running funds to take care of fuel or even stationaries? We need to focus on the Police Trust Fund as an Intervention,” Ashafa asked.

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, who had earlier described the bill as a very important one said that the bill will address how the police will be reformed.

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Noting that since the formulation of the law in 1943, the original Bill has not undergone a review, Saraki said the house know where should go ideally but until we get there, but wants the house to address the police can be reformed.

The bill was read for the third time after the Senate dissolved into the Committee of the Whole for the clause by clause its consideration.

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