The House of Representatives on Tuesday stopped the consideration of the 2017 budget of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control.

The budget of N18.9bn had earlier passed first and second readings before the House referred it to the Committee on Healthcare Services for NAFDAC to defend the proposals before the committee would report back to the plenary for approval.

However, when the report was due for consideration on Tuesday in the Committee of the Whole, it turned out that the Chairman of the Committee on Healthcare Services, Mr. Chike Okafor, was unavailable.



Besides, the budget, which was listed against Okafor’s name, lacked details.

In Okafor’s absence, the Deputy Chairman of the committee, Mr. Mohammed Usman, moved for the consideration of the budget.

But, as members settled down, the Speaker, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, immediately observed that there were no details of the proposals.

“What is worth doing is worth doing well.

“This is not how we handle budgets in the House. There have to be details attacked. Without the details, we can’t proceed”, the speaker said.

Usman, reading the document Okafor prepared, merely gave the block figures of the budget.

The overhead cost from Federal Government’ appropriation in the budget is N7.5bn; while the overhead proposal from Internally Generated Revenue and other sources is N8.2bn.

The personnel cost is N4.4bn.

Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has hailed the resolution of APC Progressive Governors Forum, which called for restructuring and true federalism of Nigeria.

Nigerian striker, Henry Onyekuru has signed a five year deal with English Premier League side, Everton.

The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN has cautioned the federal government not to embark on a full concession of the nation’s refineries.

Inspector-General of Police Ibrahim Idris, has called for cooperation between security agencies and individuals in addressing the current security challenges facing the country.

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has promised that the federal government would look into the grievances being articulated by the various ethnic nationalities in the country.

The European Commission has fined Google 2.42bn euros for abusing its power by promoting its own shopping comparison service at the top of search results.

World football governing body, FIFA has said that problems with the video technology system in use at the Confederations Cup must be solved if it is to be employed at the 2018 World Cup. 

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