The National Assembly will today Monday meet the Minister of finance, Kemi Adeosun, Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udo Udoma and 57 others over the 2017 budget.
Chairman of the Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Abdulrazak Namdas said the idea was part of efforts to reform the budgeting process and to hear the views and input of the civil society on the N7.29trn budget.
Namdas said, “This hearing is being carried out jointly by the Senate and the House of Representat0ives’ Committees on Appropriation. Essentially, we want to hear the views of as many segments of the society as possible, on the content of the budget. Many stakeholders, including those from the civil society, are coming with their views.
“This process, which was initiated by the House, will speed up the passage of the budget because we want to avoid all those controversies that trailed the 2016 budget.
“Let Nigerians come and give their input on the budget, let them also appreciate the power of appropriation, which lies with the National Assembly, particularly the House of Representatives.”
Others expected to be at the public hearing include Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele; Minister of Works, Housing, Power, Babatunde Fashola; and the Accountant-General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris.