National Assembly And Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

Five months after the then Acting President Yemi Osinbajo wrote to the National Assembly to correct the grave mistake it made when it refused to appropriate funds in the 2017 budget for the completion of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway rehabilitation, there are no signs yet that the two chambers are ready or even prepared to do the right thing.

On July 18, the then acting president had written to the National Assembly leadership, drawing their attention to the agreement made in the aftermath of the stalemate which ensued when the lawmakers, for reasons best known to them, slashed allocations on a number of major projects proposed by the executive. In the specific case of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, the allocation was slashed from N31bn to N10bn even at a time the contractors had an outstanding payment of N15 billion for the work already done.
Under the agreement, the executive was to submit a virement proposal to the National Assembly for their consideration.

When asked about the status of the request for virement from the executive early in this week, a member of the Committee on Appropriation, Senator Mao Ohuabunwa was quoted by a leading newspaper as saying that “events had overtaken the process”, adding that “the 2018 budget was already being prepared and would soon be passed, leaving the 2017 Appropriation Act expired”.

“How can somebody even be talking of virement now when we have treated MTEF/FSP (Medium Term Expenditure Framework/Fiscal Strategy Paper) and the processing of the 2018 budget is on?” he was reported to have asked.

A similar note would be echoed by chairman, House Committee on Works, Toby Okechukwu when he averred that the virement is no longer important: “How can we be talking of 2017 virement again now that we are on 2018 budget? The issue now is 2018 budget”, he
reportedly quipped.

We are certainly not surprised that things turned out this way. Clearly, the signs had been there all along, that the National Assembly had no interest in rehabilitating that vital corridor on which the entire economy depends, the sole artery connecting the nation’s port to the hinterland, whether north or east.

It started with the story by the lawmakers of an alleged counterpart funding said to have been entered with an unnamed private sector entity for its construction even when this appears to be known only to the lawmakers. We also heard – again from the senators – that it would be more prudent to channel public funds towards smaller projects that were necessary for the citizens but might not be commercially viable – a euphemism for their constituency projects.

Then came the heinous rationalisation by Sabi Abdullahi, the Senate’s spokesperson that what was “reduced from Lagos-Ibadan Expressway in the 2017 budget estimates was spread on Oyo-Ogbomoso Road in the South-West…to achieve equity,”

Not once did Nigerians hear a cautionary voice drawing attention to the billions of naira already spent on the project and hence the wisdom in bringing it to a final completion, or even the strategic importance of the road to the country as a whole.

That the lawmakers could leave the acting president’s letter – whose subject matter was brokered through an agreement – for nearly five months unattended to is not only the height of criminal abdication, it is as shameful as it is dishonourable. But even worse is that the lawmakers would dare to use the consideration of 2018 Budget to rationalise their ignoble dereliction.

We do not however consider it too late in the day for the National Assembly to redeem itself. To the extent that a framework on the understanding already exists to get the job moving, it seems to us as simple as working together with the executive to push things forward – either by treating it as a separate item or as a component of the 2018 budget. After all, what counts is not so much the nomenclature but the delivery of the project.

Osinbajo To Sign 2017 Budget On Buhari’s Approval

Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo is to sign the 2017 Appropriation Bill into law on the direction of President Muhammadu Buhari.

“President Muhammadu Buhari has indicated that it is in the interest of the nation’s economy for the Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, to sign the Appropriation Bill into law,” Buhari’s media aide Garba Shehu said in a terse statement on Monday.

Shehu said Buhari in a letter dated June 10, 2017 personally signed by him and addressed to the minister of budget and national planning, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma, had said that he was ‘pleased by the joint resolution that the Executive would submit next year’s budget proposals by October 2017 and the National Assembly will conclude the Appropriation process by December 2017, so that the country can return to a normal fiscal period from next year onwards.’”

The National Assembly passed the budget on May 11, more than four months after it was submitted to it by the President. It is expected that Osinbajo, who is currently in Anambra, would append the budget when he returns to Abuja later on Monday.

The Presidency last week said the budget signing was delayed because it wanted to ensure the content of the budget as passed by the National Assembly was consistent with what was presented to the National Assembly.

“Right now, the Presidency is subjecting every detail of the budget, using the available systems at its disposal to ensure the figures appropriated to MDAs are consistent with the realities on the ground,” said Senator Solomon Ita Enang, Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate).

However, there were rumours that Osinbajo was delaying signing the budget into law until Buhari, who left Nigeria for London to seek medical attention on May 7, returns.

But Enang insisted last month that was not the case. He said the Acting President would assent to it after the laid down procedure may have been concluded.

“He [Osinbajo] has the power of the President to assent to it. But the assent to the Appropriation Bill will be after the completion of the standard operation process,” he said.

NASS Still Underfunded With N125 Billion- Sabi-Abdullahi

A member of NASS’ COmmittee on Appropriations and Chairman of the Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Aliyu Sabi-Abdullahi in an interview with ‘The Punch’ has lamented that despite a budget of N125 billion, the legislature still lacked adequate financial resources. Excerpts:

The 2017 budget was raised from N7.298tn to N7.441tn. Does the National Assembly have the power to do that?

It is within the power of the National Assembly. In the course of discussions, whatever that is brought (presented) by the executive in line with Sections 80 and 81 is actually a proposal. The Constitution calls it “estimates” and when you say estimates, it is like a suggestion or proposal. So, in this case, in line with its constitutional mandate, what the National Assembly did was to first look at the Medium Term Expenditure Framework and Fiscal Strategy Paper under Fiscal Responsibility Act. It is at that level that we look at the various assumptions – benchmark, crude oil price, exchange rate and the output of the major source of our revenue, which is oil. We retained the exchange rate of N305 (to the dollar) and the oil output of 2.2 million barrels per day as suggested. But in terms of the exchange rate, we saw that there was a huge disparity in the prices of crude oil. We saw that the prices were hovering between $50 and $53 (per barrel) for almost half of the year. We felt that it was soothing enough and rather than adopt the proposal by the executive, which was $42.5, we added $2 to make it $44.5. The portion accruable to the Federal Government as a result of the $2, is the reason why we increased the budget.

The National Assembly, in the course of engaging the ministries, departments and agencies and legislative interventions, realised that there were critical areas that had not been captured in the proposal submitted to the National Assembly. It was in that context that we decided to make allocations for those critical sectors, notably the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport’s second runway, knowing that we had just concluded the emergency repair of the (only) runway with all the attendant noise and inconveniences with relocating passengers to Kaduna (airport). We decided that we didn’t have to wait for another emergency situation; it was time we put on board the second runway arrangement and we made provision for it – about N15bn. We also realised that there were issues with the National Youth Service Corps and the scheme is very important to national integration and the unity of this country. We decided to fill the shortage in terms of the emolument and mobilisation. You will agree with me that there are a lot of youths still waiting for mobilsation. I think about N5bn was allocated to that. There is also the Aladja Rail Line from Itakpe (Kogi State) that was supposed to transport steel and iron ore. The rail line has been abandoned since the 90s. Now that the government is talking about diversification of the economy and the fact that the government is looking at alternative mineral resources, we decided to fund the project.

The other aspect is that the infrastructural deficit is so huge. In terms of road, it is on record that there is a deficit of N1tn in terms of pending and abandoned projects. We decided to add N25bn to road projects. There is also the issue of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation; there is a particular fund that the government is supposed to pay to UNESCO to attract certain benefits. It is like a counterpart fund. That was also budgeted for. There are other issues I cannot remember now. Even the Nigerian military is a beneficiary of extra funding for security.

Overall, what the National Assembly did was patriotic, sensitive and we cannot sit down and claim that we have money when we have issues to address with the money.

The National Assembly increased its budget from N115bn to N125bn. Why is the legislature jacking up its budget at a time the government is talking about austerity measures due to economic recession?

What are the austerity measures? Is it an austerity budget? How much was the country’s budget in 2016 and how much is it this year? What is the inflation rate? People need to understand this. Even when people are saying that we have jacked up the budget; in nominal terms, we did but when you look at the actual terms, the budget is still below the budget that the National Assembly had some years back. If you look at the value of the currency today, then you will know that what has happened is not meeting the requirements of what the economy dictates. If other people’s budgets have been increased, why should ours not be increased to face the reality that our economy brings to us? Are they saying that we are not entitled to carrying out our duties? Are they saying that we are not entitled to spending government funds in the course of carrying out our responsibilities?

Why then has it been difficult to raise the minimum wage from N18,000 to N56,000 being demanded if the civil servants are also working for government and they are facing same economic realities?

The minimum wage (fixing) is not by us. The issue of minimum wage is not as simple as people think and that is why it is always a tripartite thing. People should not forget that the government is just one of the partners; the organised private sector and labour are there. That is why it is called national minimum wage.

And the National Assembly has always stood by the people; we have never been averse to it. It is not our duty to do the negotiation; it is the duty of the Federal Government and I think we have intervened several times and urged the parties to engage one another. To God be the glory, the parties have started the process of the engagement.

Simply because we have added N10bn to our budget, somebody is sitting somewhere crying blue murder. Like I told you, out of the N148bn (added to the budget), it means that over N130bn is going to various critical areas that, we, in our wisdom, thought national requirements that should be upgraded. Sometimes, it is a disservice and, in fact, I make bold to say that from what I have seen here, the National Assembly is actually underfunded.

With a budget of N125bn?

Yes, it is underfunded. Let me tell you: people like to borrow what suits them. If you want to borrow, borrow completely. People have been saying we are the highest paid legislature, which is a lie. Studies have been conducted by the National Institute for Legislative Studies and they show that we are not. In 2015 when we went for a climate change conference in Paris – we had the GLOBE, which is a platform for legislators in support of the climate change (campaign) – the senators from the United States who came had five professors/experts each on the subject matter. For that alone! From the research I have carried out, I am aware that they have very solid provisions for consultants on every subject matter.

I am a senator and when you bring an issue concerning petroleum, I should be able to contribute to the debate as it affects my constituents and the country generally. Who is supposed to advise me when I am not a petroleum engineer? The best you can ever be is to have insights into three professions. How many professions do we have within the context of the economy? And you must legislate, and you cannot legislate in ignorance; you must legislate from a very solid standpoint of knowledge with fact – well proven facts – so that by the time you legislate, it will work in the real world. You will not create problems for the people, you will not stifle them but give them the opportunity to express themselves and reach the peak of their innate potential that God has given to them. How can you do that without sound knowledge? If we legislate and the legislation goes wrong, Nigerians will blame us. Yet, when it comes to spending money for us to get the facts… When you think that knowledge is expensive, try ignorance. Even the legislative aides we are given are just to help us carry out the routine jobs we do. They do not and cannot provide for the heavily technical areas that we require people to give us expertise ideas in carrying out our mandate. The people who even make this noise, who are they?

Saraki Says #125 Billion Appropriation Insignificant

Senate President Bukola Saraki has said to a news channel that the N125 billion appropriated for the national assembly is totally insignificant when compared to the entire budget for the year.

Saraki said the lawmakers have taken the most difficult decision by opening the budget of the national assembly, which he said was only three percent of the country’s  total spending for 2017.

He said;

“That is not being fair because the money is not going to the senator, it is the cost of running an arm of government. It is not the senator,”

“In as much as we would take our criticism, we owe a responsibility to get across the right message; that is what it cost to run the legislative arm of government.

“You don’t take the overhead of the executive and say this is how much it cost to have a president, or a vice-president, or a minister, let’s be fair.”

When asked if the national assembly could fairly defend its budget, Saraki said: “It is three percent of the entire budget, if you factor that against other areas of government, it is totally insignificant, as regards an arm of government”.

“It sounds nice or I think if you are playing to the gallery, we can do that, but I think serious-minded leaders must address what are the major issues; yes, we should cut cost, but no matter how much cost you cut, apart from retrenchment, you cannot reduce that cost by a certain percent.

“If you truly want to cut cost, just like when you run a company, you can cut all the cost but at the end of the day, you will have to go through issues of retrenchment, which we know is not an action we are likely to take.

 

38 Agencies Stopped By Senate From Expenditure Of Their Capital Budget

Gives Buhari two-week ultimatum to submit budget

 

The Senate Tuesday barred 38 corporations, agencies and parastatals from the further expenditure of their capital budget 2017.

The upper chamber also gave President Muhammadu Buhari two-week ultimatum to submit the 2017 budget of corporations, agencies and parastatals of the Federal Government for consideration and approval of the National Assembly.

It said that the submission of the budget proposals should be done within two weeks in compliance with the Fiscal Responsibility Act and the Constitution.

It resolved that affected corporations, agencies and parastatals should stop forthwith further expenditure from their capital vote pending the submission of their 2017 budget to the National Assembly in line with Section 21 of the Fiscal Responsibility Act.

The lawmakers further resolved that too urgently amend the Fiscal Responsibility Act to penalise infractions of non-submission of the budget for appropriation.

Only on Tuesday, the Senate said that 38 agencies are in breach of the Fiscal Responsibility Act for failure to submit their 2017 budget for approval by the National Assembly.

The resolutions followed the unanimous adoption of a motion entitled: “Non-submission of 2017 budget by public corporations in violation of the Fiscal Responsibility Act” sponsored by Deputy Senate Leader, Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah (Kebbi South).

Na’Allah in his lead debate said that the Senate should be worried about the non-submission of the 2017 budget proposal by statutory corporations to the National Assembly.

He noted that Section 21(1)(2) and (3) of the FRA stipulates that “The government Corporations and agencies and government-owned companies listed in the Schedule to this Act (in this Act referred to as the Corporation) shall, not latter that six months from the commencement of this Act and for every three financial years thereafter and not later than the end of the second quarter of every year, cause to be prepared and submitted to the Minister their Schedule estimates of revenue and expenditure for the next three financial year.

The Act also said that “Each of the bodies referred to in Section (1) of this Section shall submit to the Minister not later the end of August in each financial year: a, An annual budget derived from the estimates submitted in pursuance of subsection (1) of this section; and b, projected operating surplus which shall be prepared in line with acceptable accounting practices”…….

Na’ Allah observed that non-compliance to the provisions of the FRA constitutes an abuse of power and economic sabotage aimed at frustrating the current economic measures being taken by the present administration to address the economic recession.

He noted that the absence of penalties in the provisions of FRA has emboldened and encouraged the perpetration of the Act.

Na’Allah said that Senate should be concerned that the FRA is failing in its responsibility through complacency in the execution of its mandate.

Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu who seconded the motion noted that the Constitution is supreme while its provisions shall be a binding force on all authorities and persons throughout the country.

Ekweremadu said, “This constitution is supreme and its provisions shall have a binding force on all authorities and persons throughout the Federal Republic of Nigeria. It goes further in section 80(2) to say that “No money shall be withdrawn from the consolidated revenue fund of the federation except in the manner prescribed by the National Assembly.”

“We are here talking about the responsibility of governance. There cannot be any hard responsibility than Fiscal Responsibility because that is the beginning of all evils, we must begin to ensure that we live by the laws we make for ourselves. If we say that ministers are supposed to send the estimates of various agencies under them with the appropriation act of each year that has to be done.

“I recall Mr. President in 2016, President Muhammadu Buhari sends to this National Assembly the appropriation bill for that year together with those estimates. While in 2017, the ministers find it impossible to accompany the same appropriation act 2017 with those estimates of the agencies under them.

“We cannot be going forth and back. I believe that this is time for us to insist under section 88 that gives us the power of oversight that this has to be done. We make laws here for the good governance of this country and that is actually what we have to insist. I believe that time has come when we are going to insist that all agencies should stop the expenditure of public funds unless it is appropriated in accordance with section 80 of the constitution which we have sworn to uphold.

“It is our responsibility today to ensure that ultimatum is given to agencies under this government to bring this estimates for us to duly appropriate that is why the constitution provided for a full-time legislature because there is enormous work to be done.”

Senator George Thompson Sekibo (River East) asked: “if a man who is to give the law fails the law but happens to him because if a man puts a law and another man fails.”

He described the non-submission of the budget estimates of the agencies as a gross misconduct that should not be glozed over “because they are spending public funds.

Senator Solomon Adeola said that the non-submission of the estimates is deliberate.

He suggested that committees should meet with affected agencies.

Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, thank Na’Allah “for this important motion.”

Saraki said that the motion is at the heart of the fight against corruption in the country.

He said,”Truly this motion is at the heart of this fight against corruption and it is very important as we have seen that independent revenue, the amount of money from independent revenue even exceeds how much we get on oil revenue.

“So, it is a huge amount of our revenue line even when we are talking about looking for money to fund projects, hospitals, education. This is where the source of the revenue are and I cannot see how we can continue in a society where we are fighting corruption where people will be spending money without approval, without appropriations, it must stop, it will stop and it is going to stop from now.

“Clearly we have made our position that based on this amendment this agencies they must get their budget to us in two weeks and committee chairmen I want to appeal that once we get the budget on our own part as well let’s ensure that we do it publicly, very diligently and try and turn it around as quickly as possible.”

Saraki also said that agencies that did not pass through the right channel to submit their budget to the National Assembly should do the right thing.

Affected agencies included Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC,) Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASEI), Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA).

Others are the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), National Maritime Authority (NMA), Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC), National Sugar Development Council (NSDC), Nigerian Postal Service (NPS), Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).

The list also includes the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), National Communications Commission (NCC), National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) and National Broadcasting Commission (NBC).

Others are National Insurance Commission (NIC), News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Nigerian Copyrights Commission (NCC), Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC), Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Radio Nigeria, Federal Housing Authority (FHA), Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC), Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NNRA), National Business and Technical Examination Board (NABTEB), Federal Mortgage Bank, National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA), Industrial Training Fund (ITF), Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), as well as Oil and Gas Free Zone Authority (OGZFA).

 

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo Reviewing 2017 Budget – Presidency

The presidency has said that acting President Yemi Osinbajo is reviewing the 2017 budget.

This was revealed by Osinbajo’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande.

The National Assembly, on Thursday, May 11, 2017, passed the 2017 appropriation bill.

Akande, in a tweet said “Ag President Osinbajo presiding over Economic Mgt Team reviewing major issues, 2017 budget & others. In attendance are ministers & CBN gov.”

“Specifically regarding 2017 budget, funding issues tabled today @ EMT so implementation is seamless once appropriation bill has assented,” he added.

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo will be in charge of running the country till President Buhari returns from his medical trip.

2017 Budget Increased

Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan, yesterday explained that the National Assembly increased the 2017 budget from N7.3 trillion to N7.45 trillion because it opted to capture some important projects such as the second Abuja airport runway in the budget.

Lawan told journalists in the State House that the second Abuja Airporunway andand other projects were covered from the difference in the $42.5 oil benchmark proposed by the executive and the $44.5 passed by the legislature.

“We have been able to capture for example the second Abuja airport runway which we all need in this country; we have suffered from having only one,”

“We have also been able to capture in the national assembly from that fund the completion of the Baro inland port. We have also been able to also include the Abeokuta airport. There are so many other things including the Warri– Aladja rail line and so on and so forth.

“These are newly introduced capital projects from the proceeds, the difference between the $44.5 (passed by the national assembly) and the $42.5 benchmark that we received from the executive.

“So, we have done fantastically well. There were no major issues like we had last year during the processing of the budget.’’

N125bn Budget Not Enough For House Of Rep, We Need More Money

Nicholas Ossai a member of the house of representative, has said the N125 billion earmarked to the national assembly in the 2017 budget is not enough.

Ossai, while speaking with NAN said the legislature requires more money to carry out its function effectively.

The national assembly had passed the 2017 appropriation bill of N7.44 trillion on Thursday.

It had subsequently published its budget of N125bn, which was higher than the N115bn in in the proposal sent by President Muhammadu Buhari.

“We are looking at the national assembly as 360 members of house of representatives and 109 senators; calculate it with the money that has been budgeted without looking at other aspects,” he said.

“We are not looking at other agencies under the national assembly like the public complaints commission, national institute for legislative studies, the national assembly service commission and supporting staff.

“The committees are carrying out national functions in line with section 88 of the constitution to expose corruption. Committees not only expose corruption, but block leakages. Definitely, we need a lot of money to address these issues.

2017 Budget Will Spur Economic Growth – Legislator

The 2017 budget passed by the National Assembly will galvanise economic growth and pull the country out of recession, Dr Abubakar Amuda-Kannike, member House of Representatives, has said.

Amuda-Kannike (APC-Oyo state), made the statement on Friday in Abuja in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in his reaction to the passage of the budget.

Reports says that on Thursday, the National Assembly passed the 2017 Appropriation Bill of N7.44 trillion.

The amount is N143 billion more than the N7.30 trillion presented to the legislature by President Muhammadu Buhari on Dec 14, 2016.

Amuda-Kannike said: “what is giving me the confidence that we are going to have a budget of recovery and development is the appropriation of the expected revenue.

“A good look at the budget will tell you that there is a departure from a situation where there is huge disparity between recurrent and capital projects value in the budget.

“This year, we are looking at a situation where 30 percent of the budget will be for capital projects.

“Before now, we used to have about 60 percent of our budget for recurrent expenditure.

“There was no proper focus on capital projects; there is no economy that will grow or recover if the government does not invest on capital projects.’’

The legislator pointed out that the 2017 budget would not only address the huge infrastructural deficit in the country, it would also guarantee conducive environment crucial for economic activities to thrive.

“We had situations where manufacturers were moving out of Nigeria to neighbouring countries where the conditions were more encouraging which made Nigerians loose their jobs.

“But now we are focusing on infrastructure and this will engineer growth.

“You will now see more roads are going to be constructed, we will have more power generation and electricity will become more constant and there is going to be more infrastructure,’’ he added.

Speaking during plenary on Thursday, Rep. Mustapha Dawaki, chairman, House Committee on Appropriation, said the 2017 budget was increased by over N143 billion to cater for some critical sectors of the economy.

Dawaki explained that N10 billion was appropriated for the construction of the second Abuja runway.

He said that funds were also provided for the long abandoned Itakpe-Warri rail line.

“Others are funding for Ajaokuta airstrip, the inland waterways and increased funding for the amnesty programme in the Niger Delta to ensure stability in the region,’’ he added.

He said that the expected additional revenue from increased benchmark price of crude oil from USD 42.50 to USD 44.50 and the under listed budgetary needs, prompted the committee to increase the budget to N7.44 trillion.

A breakdown of the budget showed that N2.1 trillion was appropriated for capital expenditure and N2.9 trillion for recurrent expenditure.

The Ministry of Power, Works and Housing had the highest capital expenditure of N533 billion, the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development got N103.7 billion while the Ministry of Education got N56.7 billion.

Senate Passes 2017 Budget Of N7.44 Trillion

The Senate has passed the 2017 Appropriation Bill total budget estimates rates of ₦7,441,175,486,758.

In the budget passed by the National Assembly, the upper chamber raised the cost from N115bn in 2016 to N125bn.

Total personnel cost takes N23,789,787,880; total overhead cost, N85,878,619,888; and total capital cost, N14,940,196,063.

A breakdown of the estimates shows that the National Assembly gets N14.9bn; Senate, N31.3bn; House of Representatives, N49bn; National Assembly Service Commission, N2.4bn; legislative aides, N9.6bn; Public Accounts Committee (Senate), N118.9m; Public Accounts Committee (Reps), N142.7m; general services, N12.5bn; National Assembly Legislative Institute, N4.3bn; and service wide vote, N391.3bn