Monday 24th July, 2017
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Let's subject budgets to public hearing - Ekweremadu

Let's subject budgets to public hearing - Ekweremadu

The Deputy Senate Presi­dent, Ike Ekweremadu, has reiterated the need to subject Appropriation Bills to public hearing to promote transparency and enable Ni­gerians and experts to make inputs before they are passed into law.
Ekweremadu also said the National Assembly was cautious not to pass any law that would muzzle the civil society in view of the need to strengthen the synergy be­tween the legislature and the civil society groups as well as enhance their effectiveness in the polity.
He made the call in Abuja at the conference on ‘The Role of the Legislature in the Fight Against Corruption in Nigeria’.
Ekweremadu, who chaired the session on ‘The Legislature and the Civil Society: Making the Feedback Process Count’, said the Appropriation Bill was about the most important Bill in a democracy, shaping patterns of development, de­ployment of resources and as such needed to be subjected to public scrutiny.

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