Okonjo-Iweala Presents 2014 Budget Estimates To National Assembly

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Dr. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, the Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy laid the 2014 budget estimates separately before both chambers of the National Assembly on Thursday in an event devoid of speech making and other ceremonies associated with similar events in the past.  

The Finance Minister who was accompanied to the National Assembly by a retinue of her colleagues in the Federal Executive Council first laid the budget estimate at the Senate after a motion moved by Senator Ndoma Egba, the leader of the Senate and seconded by Senator George Akume of Benue State.

Okonjo-Iweala laid the budget before the Senators after which her and her entourage was discharged from the National Assembly and the Senate continued with its other businesses in a process which lasted less than five minutes.

In the same vein, Honourable Mulikat Akande, moved the motion to allow the Finance Minister to lay the budget before the Representatives at the lower chamber. There was however a bit of rowdiness as lawmakers from Peoples Democratic Party and All Progressives Congress engaged in a shout of their party slogans.

Okonjo Iweala and her team were therefore discharged after she had laid the budget on the table. There were no comments from the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Aminu Tambuwal or the President of the Senate, David Mark about the budget who presided over the event in both chamber.

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

Also, the details of the budget estimates submitted by the Finance Minister have not been made public as at the time of filing in this story.

President Goodluck Jonathan had yesterday delegated Dr. Okonjo-Iweala to present the 2014 Appropriation Bill to the joint session of the National Assembly on his behalf.

This was revealed in a letter written by the President and read to lawmakers on both chambers of the National Assembly on Wednesday.

It will be recalled that the presentation of the budget has been postponed twice because the Senate and the House of Representatives could not agree on the crude oil benchmark to be used in calculating the budget estimate.

However, ahead of today’s presentation, the House of Representatives on Wednesday approved $77.5 as crude oil benchmark and also adopted the conference report on the 2014-2016 Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and Fiscal Strategy Paper (FSP).

The President had initially proposed $74 as the oil benchmark, but the Senate had insisted on $76.5 as the oil benchmark, while the House of Representatives also insisted on $79. But the two chambers agreed on $77.5 yesterday as a middle ground approach, thus paving the way for the presentation of the budget.


  1. Aniugbo Benjamin

    It is never unlawful or disrespectful to national interest to delegate responsibility to an appropriate person when the President is not disposed either by reason of being away for other important meeting or health reasons.
    The issues should be the appropriations necessary in the budget to be verified and passed.

  2. wande

    Erm….they should sha let us know the details of the budget! http://www.popularitybar.com

  3. Read1

    Mr President fear the reps

  4. Mattydammy

    Representatives of the people in the national assembly should stop all this political party things immediately they enter the chamber. I don’t see any meaningful thing in shouting party slogan during sessions.

  5. Iyigulu

    How ll GEJ feel should he appear b4 his accusers 2 present d budget? Certainly it wont b easy 4 him. I think is a wise decision 2 send d minister bkos he has lost his respect b4 d lawmakers.

  6. remi

    There is nothing wrong in directing the Finance Minister to present the budget. In actual fact it is the best thing to have happened to Nigeria.People should stop emotional reactions and look critically at the budget as it affects the economy as a whole.

  7. Emmmanuel

    Although the constitution empowers the President by section 48 to delegate some1 to do that.but to show respect for Nigerians, he would have done that himself.

  8. Goddy

    Where Mr President now; him dey house dey eat pepper soup and shark ‘kainkai’. Na wah for this country o.

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