Reps dump Jonathan's 2013 Budget Amendment Bill

By The Citizen

The House of Representatives, Wednesday, confirmed wide-spread speculations over its planned rejection of President Goodluck Jonathan's proposal for the amendment of the 2013 Budget by throwing out the fiscal document on the ground that it was incurably bad.

The House rejected the President's  budget amendment proposal after a report on it was presented at Wednesday's plenary session by the Chairman of the House Committee on Rules and Business Hon. Sam Tsokwa on behalf of the joint Committees on Rules and Business , Judiciary  and Justice which was given the responsibility to examine  and determine the legality of the President's letter to the National Assembly last March.

Hon. Tsokwa had in the report informed the House that going by the content of the letter, the President was silent on what should be amended in the 2013 Appropriation Act adding that he should have presented a Supplementary Appropriation Act.

Citing reasons why the lawmakers dumped the budget amendment proposal, Hon Tsokwa said: 'A community reading of section 81 subsections (1) (2) and (4) of the Constitution creates a very strong impression and feeling in the mind that the Constitution does not favour, admit of or even contemplate the amendment of an Appropriation Act save  through a Supplementary Appropriation Act. '

According  Hon. Tsokwa: 'The document, the Appropriation Act 2013 Amendment Bill, which Mr. President's communication forwarded to the House, apart from carrying the title 'Appropriation Act 2013 Amendment Bill' and the Bill's Long Title, has nothing again in it to show that it is a document seeking to amend or repeal and re-enact the 2013 Appropriation Act.