According to reports, the House of Representatives is set to consider the request of President Muhammadu Buhari for the virement of N180b.
The request which came through a motion by the Majority Leader Femi Gbajabiamila was passed with no resistance from the floor on Wednesday.
President Buhari had in a letter dated Tuesday, 25 October 2016 to Speaker Yakubu Dogara requested for virement of funds in the Appropriation Act, 2016.
The request was in respect of virement of funds appropriated for special intervention (Recurrent) and special intervention (Capital) to fund some critical Recurrent and Capital items.
According to the President, the request was necessitated by a number of reasons, including shortfalls in provisions of Personnel cost, the inadequate provision for the Amnesty Programme, the need to sustain the war against insurgency and the depreciation of the Naira.
The letter that came together with the $90b loan request on the same day was read on the floor while the Speaker said it will be listed for debate the following week.
Following the rejection of the President’s requests by the Senate, the House clarified it’s position that it has not rejected the letter but would rather consider it through a substantive motion.
The Majority Leader, while justifying the need for the House to consider the motion said in the course of implementing the Appropriation Act, 2016, several Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDA) presented issues pertaining to salary shortfalls as it affects the MDAs that are not under the platform of Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS), and some MDAs that are under the IPPIS platform would be locked put as their Personnel Cist budgets would not cover salaries for the rest of the year.
“Also the Nigerian Air Force needs to cover the foreign exchange differentials in the procurement of its critical equipment and augment the contingency vote, and also to provide for inadequacy in the provision for the National Youth Service Corps in 2016, among others,” he added.
The motion was unanimously adopted after it was put to a voice vote by the presiding officer, Deputy Speaker Yussuff Lasun, who referred it to Committee on Appropriation and other Committees to which the virement relates to serve as sub-committees of the Committee on Appropriations.