The Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, on Tuesday, November 12; expressed optimism that the National Assembly would pass the 2020 budget by November 28.
This was after the Upper Chambers during its plenary gave its Appropriations Committee a two weeks ultimatum; to work on the 2020 Budget; lay it by November 26 for subsequent consideration and passage before the end of next month.
The Senate President also reiterated the resolve of the National Assembly to revert to the January to December budget cycle.
Lawan also commended the various committees for rounding off their budget defence sessions ahead of schedule.
He said: “All the committees have done their works so well within the defined parameters.
“Therefore, we expect the appropriations committee to be galvanised into action.
“They (members of the appropriations committee) should produce the report to be laid here on the 26th November, which is the 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 would be able to pass the 2020 appropriation bill on the 28th of November.”