Reps mandate committee over 2018 budget
The House of Representative has mandated all relevant committees to ensure that Ministries, Departments and Agencies that have persistently disrespected the resolutions of the House get zero allocations in the 2018 budget/legislative engagements until they comply with the Resolutions as they affect them.
This resolution followed the adaption of a motion moved by Hon. Abonta Nkem from Abia State. and adopted by the house
Hon. Abonta stated that the Motion seeks principally to ensure the check and balances functions of the Legislature through oversight are not seen to be wasted when recommendations of the House Committees and resolutions of the House of Representatives is disregarded by Heads of Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Government who the Legislature Appropriates funds for in the first place.
He noted the impossibility of a victim to refuse to comply with a Judge's ruling, which is what is happening in this case.
Hon. Rotimi Agunsoye from Lagos State, expressed sadness at the trend of disregarding resolutions of the House of Representatives by the Executive, it means purely the lack of respect for Rule of Law.
Speaker of the House, Hon. Yakubu Dogara urged the Committee on Legislative Compliance to keep doing its work and be unrelenting.
The Motion was stepped down until the Chairman; House Committee on Legislative Compliance gives the House an official Report.
The Speaker stated that Resolutions are not mare reasons, but are meant to be complied with so that Legislative work is not seen as wasted time.