Senate moves 2020 budget passage deadline

The Senate has been unable to meet up with its target of passing the 2020 Appropriation bill by the 28th of November, 2019.

The new date for the passage of the 2019 budget has been fixed for the first week of December by the Senate.

The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan disclosed this while responding to request for more time by the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, Sen Barau Jibrin.

During plenary on Tuesday, November 26, Jibrin disclosed that the process of compiling the report is not yet done. He, therefore, asked for an extension to finish the process.

Jibrin explained, “We have been able to collate all the reports of the subcommittees and we have so far analysed these reports.

“We have been having sleepless nights, we have been able to put everything together with our team of experts. What remains now is to crosscheck and make sure there is no mistake. Crossing all the ‘T’s and dotting all the ‘I’s.

“Thereafter, we will now go to print because we want to submit all the details. What remains now will take us up to Sunday, so, by Monday, we should be able to have all the clear details and then we would lay on Tuesday. I just said I should inform you.”

Responding, Lawan approved for the budget to be read by December 3, while indicating that the bill would be passed within that week.

“I am sure you are working with the House Committee on Appropriations. The Senate will give you an additional week.

“By the grace of God, you should be able to lay it here and the Senate should pass it within that week”, Lawan said.

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