BY OBUTE JAMES
Following the presentation of 2020 Appropriation Bill by President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday October 8, 2019 to the joint session of National Assembly, various Committees on Wedneday had their innagural meeting while others met with heads of MDAS.
The House Committee on Police Affairs, Chaired by Usman Kumoh had over 20 members in attendance of its inaugural meeting at the House of Representatives wing of the National Assembly. As Kumoh declared the committee meeting opened, the lawmaker also declared their readiness to cooperate with the committee and police to do everything possible in order address the security challenges in the country.
The Senate Committee on Defence led by former Governor of Sokoto State, Aliyu Wammako also had its meeting where senators in attendance brainstormed on what should be the agenda of the comnittee in tackling insecurity based on its mandate.
Senate Committee on Gas led by James Manager, Senator Kabiru Gaya – led INEC Committee are among the several other committees that had their meeting on Wednesday.
Though, the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan and Speaker House of Representativee, Femi Gbajabiamila announced the chairmen and deputy chairmen of standing committees in July before the commencement of the federal lawmakers 2 months annual break, the committees were only inagurated after the recess.
The leadership of the National Assembly had promised to return the nation budget circle to January-December, hence the need of the lawmakers to commence action on the 2020 budget proposal presented by Buhari on Tuesday.
Like every other bill, the 2020 Appropriation bill must pass through 3 stages at the National Assembly before it will become an Act.
With the presentation of the budget by Buhari, the lawmakers will now debate and deliberate on the budget at the two chambers before refering it to the committees for further legidlative actions. The committees leadership will forward their reports to the appropriation committee who will now collate the reports and forward it to the chamber before its passage into an Act.