Reps Reject Proposed 2013 Amendment Bill


The House of Representatives has thrown out the 2013 Appropriation Amendment Bill as proposed by President Goodluck Jonathan.

The House on Wednesday took this position after considering a constitutional point of order which observed that the document as presented is not recognized by the 1999 Constitution.

According to the lawmakers, Section 81 of the Constitution only recognises an amendment to an appropriation only through a Supplementary Appropriation Act.

The bill was unanimously rejected and the President was advised to present a proper bill.

This is coming despite  a plea  by the Presidency that the lawmakers should pass the bill.

Worried over the delay in concluding work on the grey areas in the 2013 Budget, the Presidency had on Monday asked the National Assembly to expedite action on the document.

Briefing journalists in Abuja, the Special Adviser to the President on National Assembly matters, Joy Emordi urged lawmakers to give the Petroleum Industry Bill accelerated consideration to help facilitate the federal government’s plan of repositioning the oil and gas sector.

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