2017 budget: Buhari wants FCT Appropriation Act extended
by KEHINDE AKINTOLA, Abuja
January 18, 2018 | 4:29 pm| | | Start Conversation
President Muhammadu Buhari has solicited for National Assembly’s approval for the extension of the FCT Appropriation Act, 2017 to March, 2018.
Buhari disclosed this via a letter dated 16th January, 2018 addressed separately to Senate President, Bukola Saraki and Yakubu Dogara, Speaker of the House of Representatives.
According to the one-page letter, the FCT Appropriation which was transmitted by Buhari to National Assembly on the 20th June, 2017 for further legislative action, was passed and communicated on the 22nd December, 2017 for assent.
While noting that the Appropriation bill as passed by both Chambers may be unimplementable, the President urged the National Assembly to make adequate provision for the implementation timeline to be extended beyond 31st December, 2017.
“By Executive correspondence dated July 20, 2017, I forwarded the Federal Capital Territory Appropriation bill 2017, to the National Assembly for consideration.
“The bill as passed was communicated to me on December 22, 2017. I assented to same on December 29, 2017. Accordingly, the Act had only three days of operation from 29th to 31st December, 2017.
“Unless the Act is amended to extend the implementation beyond December 31, 2017 as therein contained, the operations of the FCT will be hampered.
“I therefore forward herewith the bill to extend the implementation of the FCT Appropriation Act to March 31, 2018 or such other time as the 2018 FCT Appropriation would come into effect, which is earlier,” Buhari’s letter read.
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