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REPS NEWS: NASS, Executive will reach compromise on 2013 budget – Tambuwal

LEGISREPORTS NG – The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, on Friday assures Nigerians that the National Assembly and the Executive arm of government would reach a compromise over the 2013 budget.



The assurance came from the Speaker while speaking with newsmen in Benin on arrival in the state to felicitate with the Oba of Benin on his birthday celebration.



Urging Nigerians to be calm and patient, Tambuwal promised that the House was bent on ensuring that the government delivered on its responsibility, adding that consultations were underway in making sure that all issues relating to full implementations of the budget were accordingly resolved.



He further noted that one of the beauties of democracy was the ability of the three tiers of government to operate independently and their ability to arrive at a middle ground whenever the need arose.



LEGISREPORTS recalls that the House of Representatives had only recently rejected The 2013 budget Amendment proposal sent to it by President Goodluck Jonathan, a development which saw the latter forwarding a third budget amendment proposal to the National Assembly for consideration.



On his path, Deputy Leader of the House of Reps, Leo Ogor, promised workers that their August and September salaries would be paid, a position which he said was drawn from the recent denial by the Finance Minister who argued that she was misquoted to have said government would shut down if the National Assembly failed to approve the 2013 amendment budget proposal in good time.



Ms. Okonjo-Iweala has repeatedly warned that unless the budget controversy was resolved, the government would not be able to pay workers salaries from October.



“The minister definitely may not want to deny a statement that she has made; so, I tend to believe her that she did not make that statement.



“I am convinced beyond reasonable doubt that there is no way that we will run into such hiccups; so there is no cause for alarm.



“She told us categorically that she was misquoted, and was actually quoted out of contest; that we should not make it a subject matter,” he said, in seeming reference to a false claim that the finance minister said the economy would collapse by October if the budget was not passed,” he said.



This report was prepared by our reporter in Benin.


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