The Nigerian National Assembly on Thursday passed the 2017 budget of N7.441 trillion as against the N7.28 trillion earlier proposed by President Muhammadu Buhari about four months ago.
The Senate also received the harmonized Appropriation reports of the committees from the Senate and the House of Representatives for subsequent passage.
A glimpse into some of the details of the budget released showed that the sum of N434.4billion was appropriated for statutory transfer to the National Judicial Council (N100 billion), the Niger Delta Development Commission (N64.02 billion), Universal Basic Education (N95.2 billion), National Assembly (N125 billion), Public Complaints Commission (N4 billion), Independent National Electoral Commission (N45 billion) and the National Human Rights Commission (N1.2 billion).
Spokesperson for the Senate, Aliyu Abdullahi, told newsmen that details of the National Assembly budget which was raised by N 10 billion, are included in the national budget for transparency as against what obtained in the past.
A breakdown of the National Assembly budget as revealed by Abdullahi, shows that the Management, Senate and the House of Representatives are to receive N14,919,065,013, N31,398,765,886 and N49,052,743,983 respectively.
Other appropriations under the National Assembly budget are as follows: NASS Service Commission (N2,415,712,873), Legislative Aides (N9,602,095,928), PAC-Senate (N118,970,215), General Services (N12,584,672, 079), NASS Legislative Institute (N4,373,813,596) while Service Wide Vote got N391,396,169.