Senate fails at budget deadline, adjourns till Nov 5

The Senate has failed to meet its deadline for completion of the budget defence date of October 29.

The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan during the budget presentation asked all committees to conclude the defence of their respective budgets by October 29.

However, most committees have not concluded the defence.

Lawan said, “The Senate today resumed from the two weeks adjournment, but the Senate President called for adjournment of extra one week for the committees to submit their report

“We have done so wonderfully well. We have almost finished the budget defence. Today will be the last day for budget defence, therefore this plenary session will not take long.

“We will adjourn to enable our committees conclude their budget defence today and also for our subcommittees to start forwarding their reports to the committee in Appropriation and defending from tomorrow before the committee on Appropriations.

“That exercise will last for one week. It will start from tomorrow and conclude on the 5th of November.

“Within that period, we will not hold plenary so we will have the entire time to conclude work on the budget.”

Meanwhile, Lawan has disclosed that Nigeria should continue with its present bicameral legislature comprising the Senate and the House of Representatives.

Lawan further revealed that the adoption of a bicameral legislature by the framers of the constitution was intended to address the country’s diversity and ethnic composition to ensure justice, equity and fairness for all Nigerians irrespective of their background.

1st News had reported that Senator Rochas Okorocha had called for the scrapping of the House of Representatives.

However, Lawan while addressing an audience at the third University of Benin/National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS) convocation ceremony which held on Monday, October 29, at the National Assembly in Abuja, noted that having a unicameral legislature may create problems of non-representation and exclusion from governance for minority ethnic groups in the country, as well as inefficient representation for groups in the majority.

He said: “Nigeria has consciously adopted to have a bicameral National Assembly; it is because of who and what we are.

“The diversity of Nigeria and ethnic composition of the country requires that we have a system that provides justice, equity and fair play.

“It is a conscious decision and design to ensure that everybody is represented in the country. We need bicameral legislature in Nigeria.”

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