Tambuwal, Dogara, Udoma to speak at budget colloquium
Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto State; Speaker, House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara; and Minister of Budget and National Planning, Sen. Udoma Udo Udoma, are among top public officials that will dissect the budgetary process as a key interface between the executive and legislative arms of government in Nigeria.
The event is a Colloquium conceived by OrderPaper.ng, an independent parliamentary reporting portal to address contentious issues on the budget and will bring together several top government officials from both arms of government to share ideas, perspectives and experiences on the Appropriation process as provided for in the 1999 Constitution (as amended).
The high-profile event billed to hold on September 26, in Abuja will attract attendance and participation from critical stakeholders in the executive, legislature (national and state assemblies), academics, media, civil society, private sector and other stakeholders, including political operators across partisan divides.
According to Mr. Oke Epia, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of OrderPaper.ng, “the focus on the budget at the Colloquium in September is a deliberate attempt to address fundamental issues that have arisen on the budget especially in recent times.
“There is need to deepen the debate about which arm of government plays what roles in the appropriation process and to exactly what extent. Where does the National Assembly’s power of appropriation begins and ends? Is the executive vested with unquestionable powers regarding the estimates it sends to the legislature as yearly budgets? Or on the reverse, is the legislature conferred with such far-reaching powers as to be able to substantially alter the estimates so received from Mr. President or a state governor? What about the disturbing lexicon of ‘Padding’ that has dogged the 2016 budget like a leech? These are questions to be addressed by the gathering.”