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2019 Budget: We are still working on MTEF- Reps

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Jonas Ike, Abuja

The House of Representatives has said that it is still working on the 2018-2020 Medium Term Expenditure Framework MTEF document presented to it preparatory to the formal presentation of the 2019 Budget of the Federal Government to the National Assembly.
The Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Media Hon. Abdurazak Namdas made the disclosure on Thursday at a Press Briefing of the Committee at the House Press Corps at the White House.
He informed that the lawmakers are considering the MTEF document in preparation to the receipt of the 2019 Budget of the Federal Government in a few weeks from now.
On why both chambers of the legislature did’nt sit on Tuesday as a result of protest by members of the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria PASAN, he said that it was the resolve of the lawmakers not to hold plenary and not because of the protest.

He explained that the protest is not about the legislators themselves but about management of the institution as regards payment of workers entitlements.
The APC lawmaker added that the Legislative Powers and Privileges Act does not allow for such actions but they allowed it because it bothered on workers condition of service.
Our correspondent reports that the MTEF document was presented to the lawmakers by the President Muhammad Buhari vide a letter on Tuesday November 6, 2018 during their plenary.

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