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National Assembly To Pass 2019 Budget On Tuesday

The Senate has postponed the passage of the 2019 Appropriation Bill to Tuesday.

Although the report by the Senate Committee on Appropriations on the national budget was scheduled for consideration at the plenary on Wednesday, the lawmakers resolved to postpone the third reading of the bill.

The Majority Leader, Senator Ahmad Lawan,  said the chairman and vice-chairman of the committee on appropriations, Senators Danjuma Goje and Sunny Ogbuoji, respectively, were not in the chamber for the consideration of the budget report.

President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, who presided over the session, said the committee on appropriations was working towards making the details of the budget available to lawmakers on Monday, ahead of the passage of the budget on Tuesday.

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

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

Our correspondent observed that though a report was also laid by the committee on appropriations in the House of Representatives last week, it was not listed on the Order Paper for consideration on Wednesday.

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