National Assembly To Reconvene August 14

The National Assembly has cut short its recess to reconvene on Tuesday, August 14.

Yusuf Lasun, the deputy speaker of the House of Representatives, disclosed this on Thursday, August 9.

Lasun said the agenda will primarily be the presidential request for virement of funds for the operations of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the 2019 elections.

Nigeria’s integrated online media platform, ALEDEH recalls that the Senate President, Bukola Saraki said on Wednesday, August addressed a press conference that the parliament could reconvene before the adjourned date of September 25 if there was a need to do so.

The leadership of the assembly also met with Mahmood Yakubu, chairman of INEC on Wednesday.

Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari sent a supplementary budget of N242 billion for the election before the national assembly embarked on its annual recess July 24.

Out of the sum, President Buhari asked the lawmakers to provide raise an initial sum of N164 billion through re-allocation of funds in 2018 budget, he added that the balance would be included in the 2019 budget.

The sum of N189 billion was budgeted for the electoral body and N52 billion was earmarked for the police, Department of State Services (DSS) and other security agencies.

Other matters the lawmakers may attend to, particularly the senators, is the confirmation of nominees who have been appointed by Buhari to various agencies.

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