21 March 2019

Nigeria: Senate Suspends Plenary for 2 Weeks to Work On Budget

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Senate yesterday suspended sitting for two weeks to enable various senate committees to work on the 2019 Budget.

Heads of the Ministries, Departments and Agencies are expected to meet with respective committees to defend their budget estimates.

Senate leader, Ahmed Lawan (Yobe south, APC) said Senate will adjourn till April 2 to enable various committees engage heads of the MDAs for defence of their budget proposals.

Senate President, Bukola Saraki put the Senate Leader's proposal to vote which was roundly adopted by the senators.

Senate had on Tuesday passed for second reading, the N8.83trillion 2019 budget proposals presented to the joint session of the National Assembly for approval by President Muhammadu Buhari exactly three months ago, (19th December, 2018).

This is as the upper legislative chamber fixed Tuesday , April 2nd , 2019 for possible passage of the budget for third reading .

The April 2nd date, was mentioned by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki in his remarks while mandating the Appropriation committee to

work on the budget details within the next two weeks and report back on April 2nd .

" We shall be here on the 2nd of April to receive report of the appropriation committee on this budget , consider and possibly pass it for third reading . " In keeping to the date , chairmen of the various standing committees should ensure that they tidy up budget defence sessions with heads of

Ministries , Departments and Agencies ( MDAs) under their purvie within the next two weeks.

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