2021 Appropriation Bill scales second reading in the House of Representatives

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The 2021 Appropriation Bill has scaled the second reading in the House of Representatives, following the conclusion of debate on its general principles.

During the debate on Wednesday, several members commended and condemned various proposals in the bill.

While some lawmakers said some provisions were inadequate to meet the demands of their constituents, others commended the government for releasing over 50 per cent of the 2020 capital budget.

In his contribution, a member, Nicholas Ossai, described the bill as “a budget of hardship” and not ‘A Budget of Economic Recovery and Resilience’ as named by the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.

The Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, after the second reading, transmitted the money bill to the House Committee on Appropriations, with the standing committees of the House serving as sub-committees.