Buhari’s 2019 budget presentation threatened to be boycotted by Reps
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Members of the House of Representatives have threatened to boycott the 2019 budget presentation unless the Minister of Budget and National Planning Udoma Udo Udoma , tenders an unreserved apology to them, for accusing them of being responsible for the delay in the presentation of the 2019 budget.
The lawmakers issued the threat on Thursday morning 13th December, 2018 at the plenary after the Speaker Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara read a letter from the President requesting to present the budget before the National Assembly on 19th December.
The Presidents letter read, ” May I crave the kind indulgence of the House of Representative to formally present the 2019 budget before the joint session of the National Assembly on Wednesday, December 19th ,2018 ,”
Recall that the Minister for Budget and National Planning, Udo Udoma , was quoted on the 12th December, 2018 saying that members of the house of National Assembly were behind the delay in the presentation of the 2019 budget.
Invoking Order 6 , Rule 14 of the House Standing Orders , Hon. Abubakar Adam representing the good people of Shiroro/Rafi/Munya Federal Constituency of Niger State requested that the lawmakers demand an apology from the Minister or boycott the budget presentation. ” The Minister of Budget and National Planning lied in order to portray the National Assembly as an irresponsible institution, he said.
” We hereby demand total unreserved public apologyor the President will meet an empty House when He comes to present the budget,”
Hon. Adamu’s position was surppoted by the House including Hon. Rotimi Agunsoya representing Kosufe Federal Constituency of Lagos state, who moved that the Minister Udo Udoma be summoned by the House.