Lawmakers say they have to monitor level of performance of 2012 budget. | By Iferi Etuk

The House of Representatives has threatened to boycott next Thursday?s budget presentation by President Goodluck Jonathan.

Jonathan had informed the Senate and the House of his plans to present the 2013 budget to a joint sitting of the two chambers on October 4.

But the schedule is conflicting with the representatives? plan to suspend all plenary next week to allow members undertake a field assessment of the level of implementation of the 2012 budget.

The lawmakers had earlier warned they may reject the presentation altogether if the level of performance of the current budget remains unsatisfactory.

The lawmakers passed a unanimous vote on Wednesday calling on the president to defer the presentation to allow the House complete the evaluation.

Chairman House committee on Media and Public Affairs, Mohammed Zakari, said Jonathan’s 2013 proposed budget presentation to the House next Thursday is ?unrealistic.?

?The House is not ready because they are still working on the 2012 budget,? he said.

He said the president was aware of the House?s decision to embark on the oversight on same date selected for the budget presentation.

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