Senate passes 2020 Appropriation Bill this week


The Nigeria Senate will this week pass the N10.33 trillion 2020 Appropriation Bill. Strong indication emerged that the Appropriations Committee of the Senate will first lay the report of the Bill before the apex legislative Chamber tomorrow for onward passage.
The Appropriations Committee ought to have laid the report last week Tuesday, but the Chairman of the Committee, Senator Jibrin Barau (APC, Kano North), said that the report was not ready and asked for extension of one week to complete the work. He said: “We have completed the process; what remains now is to crosscheck and make sure that there is no mistake. So, what is left is to cross the Ts and dot the Is. We want to submit the Appropriation Bill in details.
“What remains will take us till Sunday next week, so that by Monday we will get the clean report, and then we lay the report on Tuesday. I just feel I should inform this August Senate so that you know where we are and what we are doing.”
Responding, the President of the Senate, Dr. Ahmad Lawan, said: “Tuesday will be the 3rd of December. So, the Senate is giving the Committee one week to lay the report, and that must be unfailingly. When you lay the report on Tuesday, the Senate should be able to pass it that week (this week) by the grace of God.”
Also, speaking last Tuesday when a delegation from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja, Lawan said that both chambers of the National Assembly might pass the 2020 budget this week.
According to him, the Senate and House Committees on Appropriations sought a one week extension to enable them conclude work on the report of the 2020 Appropriations Bill to be laid tomorrow. His words: “We want to pass the Budget 2020 before the end of the year. Actually, today (Tuesday) would have been the day for laying the budget, but our committee on appropriations sought for an extension by one week only.
“By Tuesday next week (this week), we expect the budget 2020 to be laid before the two chambers of the National Assembly. It is our desire to pass the budget the following day, Wednesday. “So, we are thinking the budget would be laid on the 3rd of December (tomorrow) and by 4th December (Wednesday), the Senate and the House of Representatives should be able to pass the 2020 budget.”


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