The Senate on Thursday reintroduced a bill seeking to establish the National Assembly Budget and Research Office (NABRO). The bill, which was passed by the 8th Senate on May 3, 2019, however, failed to receive assent by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The move seeking to establish the National Assembly Budget office was first conceived in 2005 under the Senate Presidency of Senator Ken Nnamani but failed to make it to the floor of the upper chamber. Again, the idea to introduce the bill in the 6th Senate under the leadership of Senator David Mark was aborted as it failed to receive the required support for its introduction.
The Bill was first introduced on the floor of the 7th Senate under Senate President David Mark and sponsored by the Senate Leader at the time, Victor Ndoma-Egba. The bill however never made it to becoming law.
Following its reintroduction on Thursday, the bill which scaled first reading on the floor during plenary was sponsored by Senator Rose Oko (PDP, Cross River North).