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NASS Rejects Judiciary Budget, Summons Bagudu Over Allocations

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The NASS joint committee of the Senate and House of Representatives on Wednesday unanimously rejected the judiciary budget.

It also gave the Minister of National Planning, Senator Atiku Bagudu, and the Director General of Budget Office, Ben Akabueze, 24 hours to appear before it, over what the joint committee called “poor budgetary allocation” to the Nigerian judiciary, an act they believe compromises their independence and ability to effectively function.

The Judiciary has been allocated N5.3 billion for capital expenditure and N8.8 billion for recurrent expenditure in the 2024 budget. This is according to the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Lateef Fagbemi, who had appeared before the Senate Committee on Judiciary a few days ago to seek additional funding.

The minister urged the committee to support the Ministry, as it was fundamental in driving the current administration’s roadmap for the justice sector.

President Bola Tinubu while addressing a joint session of the National Assembly on the 2024 Federal Budget Proposal in Abuja on Wednesday, November 29, had stated that the nation’s internal security Architecture will be overhauled to enhance law enforcement capacities to safeguard lives, properties, and investments across the country.

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