Senate sets to pass 2019 budget on Tuesday – Saraki

….announced this on Wednesday

The President of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki has announced that the 2019 budget will be passed on Tuesday, April 30. 

The Senate President Mr Saraki announced this on Wednesday at plenary. 

….Committee report slated on order paper 

Consideration of the report by the Committee on Appropriations was slated on the order paper for Wednesday but the Senate could not consider the item.

Mr Saraki explained that the need for all lawmakers to be fortified with details of the budget informed the postponement of the passage till Tuesday next week.

…..senators to get copies ahead of passage on Tuesday

He charged the National Assembly secretariat to ensure that senators get copies of the bill ahead of the passage on the set date.

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“Some members have not gotten printed copies of the details and I have directed the Clerk to make sure that latest by Monday we all have printed copies so that everybody can see the details of the budget, and by so doing we can now pass it on Tuesday.

“We don’t want to run into a problem where we pass it without details and our colleagues will start to comment. So, Clerk, ensure that everybody has copies of the details by Monday,” he said.

…2019 Appropriation Bill before committee of whole last week Wednesday

The committee had last week Wednesday laid its report on the 2019 Appropriation Bill before the senate of the whole.

The N8.83 trillion budget was presented to a joint session of the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari on December 19, 2018 and appropriation committee had interfaced with MDA’s and ministers for the defence of their budget estimates. 

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