Senate to pass budget November 28, says Lawan

Senate rejects NDDC nominee 

Ahmad Lawan

 

Senate President Ahmad Lawan has again reiterated the readiness of the upper chamber to pass the 2020 Appropriation Bill on November 28.

Lawan, who said the committees of the Senate have been working assiduously to meet the target date of passing the budget, said that the Senate Committee on Appropriation is expected to lay its report on November 26.

He said he believes that the House of Representatives is also working to lay and pass the report at the same time.

“All the committees have done their work so well within the defined parameters and therefore we expect the Appropriations Committee to galvanise into action and produce the report to be laid here on the 26th November next two weeks before the Senate.

“I believe this will be the same thing in our sister chamber, the House of Representatives, so that we are able to pass the 2020 Appropriation Bill on the 28th of November,” he said. 

President Muhammadu Buhari on October 8, 2019 presented a N10.33trillion 2020 budget estimates to a joint session of the National Assembly.

The two chambers had immediately swung into action by debating the general principles of the proposal after they referred it to its appropriate committees to enable Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to defend their allocations.

National Assembly committees are presently defending their reports before the appropriation committees.