As lawmakers in the Ninth National Assembly resume Tuesday from their two-month annual vacation, the final consideration of the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill and Constitution Review have been listed as top priorities for the Senate.
The Upper Chamber is expected to also conclude the consideration of the 2022-2024 Medium-Term Expenditure Framework and Fiscal Strategy Paper (MTEF/FSP).
The conclusion of the consideration of the MTEF/FSP is expected to pave the way for the laying of the 2022 Appropriation Bill before a joint session of the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Ajibola Basiru, gave these indications in an interview with THE NATION in Abuja.
When asked what the focus of the Upper Chamber would be on resumption tomorrow, Basiru, who represents Osun Central, said: “Of course, we are expecting that the President will bring in the budget.
“But on Tuesday, we are looking towards the consideration of the Medium-Term Expenditure Framework and Fiscal Strategy Paper, which will be the basis upon which the 2022 Appropriations Bill will be prepared…”
On whether the Senate would consider any amendments to the Finance Act on VAT and Stamp Duty, Basiru said: “I don’t know.”
Also, former Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu yesterday advised members of the Ninth National Assembly not to embark on any legislation over the collection of Value Added Tax (VAT) and Stamp Duties.
Ekweremadu noted that allowing the litigations to run the full course could be a major step towards strengthening the nation’s federalism.
In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media, Uche Anichukwu, the former Deputy Senate President recalled that he had, for over a decade, been warning the nation against what he called a “feeding bottle federalism” in which states depend on redistributed resources of other federating units for survival.
He asserted that any constitutional amendment to transfer VAT collection to the Exclusive Legislative List, as reportedly being requested by the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), would amount to changing the goal post in the middle of a game.
The Enugu West lawmaker, who chaired the Constitution Amendment process in the Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Senate, asserted since past legislative efforts to get