Home » Saraki Inaugurates Senate Committee on Budget Reform

Saraki Inaugurates Senate Committee on Budget Reform


One of our most important duties as legislators is the passage of the annual budget, a critical tool for National Planning. 

 Over the years both the National Assembly and the Executive have expressed frustration and dissatisfaction with the outcome of our budgets. Nigerians are equally unimpressed by the outcome and implementation of the budget, as most have come with more conflicts than results.  Following the last Budget exercise in line with legislative agenda, early this year we directed to review and improve the process.  

 For us in the 8th National Assembly we are ready to open a new chapter and lay a new foundation on which an effective budget process can be built. This is the task on our hands.

 It is a notorious fact that our annual budgets are yet to befully been aligned with our development goals; from conceptualization approval and implementation of our annual budget there is need to converge our budgeting to National planning, continuity, efficiency hence the need to revisit the process. 

 Government operations are less susceptible to corruption and abuse when they are predictable, transparent and accountable. The 8th National Assembly is determined therefore to implement budget reforms that would help open the budget process to greater scrutiny and openness, creating time roadmaps that would lead to the passage and implementation of our budgetsAs part of leading by example, we are at the final stage of releasing of our Senate Budget process.

 It is expected that at the end of your assignment the Senate will receive a comprehensive budget reform proposal that will aid the passage of a budget bill that will address the following;

(1) Close the structural and procedural gaps that limittransparency and accountability in the budget process and fiscal discipline

(2) Design a legislative framework that fully provides for effective oversight of off-budget accounts that typically lack oversight and transparency. 

(3) Design efficient timelines for the entire budget process 

(4) Enable the National Assembly to adequately interrogate budget bills fully before passage

(5) Create new tools for efficiency in the implementation budget oversight schemes of the National Assembly.

 (6) Create performance reports on all aspects of the budget including the budget of the three arms of governments.

(7) Ensure that the NASS Open Budget policy initiative of this 8th Senate, is underpinned by legislation and therefore irreversible.

(8) Deal with irregular rendition of quarterly budget implementation by MDAs

(9) Address the absence of continuous legislative oversight structure within the MDAs

(10) Remedy the inadequate budget impact assessment scheme

(11) Develop a robust linkage between budget outcome and the next budget

(12) Poor oversight scheme.

Distinguished colleagues, ladies and gentlemen, the tasksbefore you are enormous but you have been chosen in recognition of your expertise, experience and proficiency in this area. 

It is therefore my pleasure to inaugurate this committee as follows:

List of the Members of the Committee;

i. Sen. Mohammed Ali NdumeChairman
ii. Sen. Mohammed Danjuma Goje
iii. Sen. Baba Kaka Garba
iiii. Hon. Orker Jev Emmanuel
v. Sen. Udoma Udo Udoma

The Committee is to be assisted by a technical committee as follows:

List of the Technical Committee;

i. Dr. Ladi Hamalai -DG, NILS
ii. Mr. Ben Akabueze– DG Budget Office
iii. Prof Mike Obadab
iiii. Dr. Adeyemi Fajingbesi
v. Barr. Kingsley Amaku
vi. Chinedu Omenka Samuel
vii. H. O. Olutoye
viii. Hon. C.I D. Maduabum
ix. Dr. Chris Asoluka

Your terms of reference is to -p

1. Review the reports emanating from the technical committee.
2. Present the final report to the President of the Senate.

  I am confident you will do a great job of it. I will be glad to receive your report within the next 2 months giving the Senate a clear and effective budget reform bill for consideration. Hopefully some of this can meet the 2017budget.

With this few words of mine, I hereby formerly inaugurate this committee.

About Author

Spread the love

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *