The Speaker of Parliament Anita Among has this afternoon revealed that Parliament will work towards fulfilling the constitutional requirement of ensuring that the Final Budget draft is processed and delivered today.
This assurance came this afternoon as she opened plenary that commenced at 2PM.
It should be noted that today’s plenary had been scheduled to start at 10AM but Speaker Among was later informed that the budget committee needed more time to finalise the matter before their presentation could be tabled.
“We got some challenges with the budget committee that is still considering the budget and remember the deadline is today. We have to finish the budget. I pray that you consider my apology,” Speaker Among said.
Parliament passed the 47.2trillion National Buget framework paper way back in February this year and several parliamentary commitees together with other relevant entities have been working on respective sectors of the national budget ever since.
“As you are aware, we have a constitutional obligation that we must finish the budget process.” the speaker added.
The national budget is expected to be tabled by the chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee on budget Mr Patrick Isiagi.