The economy is our central focus in 2017 – Speaker Dogara

The economy is our central focus in 2017 – Speaker Dogara
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, has
assured Nigerians of the Green Chamber’s unwavering commitment on enacting
legislation that will pull the country out of recession.

Dogara also assured that the House will implement reforms to the budget
process that would make it more transparent and devoid of controversy.
This, he revealed during his address when the House resumed plenary on
Tuesday, 9thJanuary.

Speaking on the 2017 budget, the speaker urged his colleagues to consider
the task of passage of the Appropriation bill as “the most critical and

He further stated that “the 2017 budget remains the major tool to rejig
Nigeria's economy and pull it out of recession.

 Dogara maintained that  the economic challenges being faced by Nigerians
means that there is the urgent  need for economic growth and stimulation to
be the central focus of their legislative work.

“We must brace up and work assiduously and conscientiously to give
Nigerians a budget that will not only lift us out of recession but kick
start the needed expeditious journey into Nigeria's prosperity.  We pledge
to reform the budget process. "

"To this end therefore, we would ensure that the procedure and process of
consideration and passage of the 2017 Budget is transparent, inclusive and
professionally handled. The details of the Budget should be debated and
passed in Plenary to avoid those needless pitfalls that normally
characterize the budget process”, he said.

On fiscal and monetary policies such as import prohibition and the recent
announcement of a new tariff regime, the Speaker promised that the move
would “receive appropriate legislative scrutiny to ensure that the economy
and the interests of our people are protected.”

Dogara also commended the President for measures taken to stop  the  wanton
killings in states of the federation such as Southern Kaduna and Zamfara,

The Speaker also commended the military for gains recorded over the  Boko
Haram insurgents and urged Nigerians to remain vigilant and security

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