2017 Budget Ready Next Week - Senate
It is almost 5 months since the Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, laid the 2017 budget before the National Assembly.
Since then, Nigerians have been waiting for the budget that the government said would reflate the economy that is in recession, a miracle that Nigerians are still waiting for.
A report on the budget by one of the Senate committees was listed among bills that were to be placed before the Senate on Thursday.
But that did not happen, as the Appropriation Committee failed to present it.
An assurance was thereafter given that it would be laid before the upper chamber on May 9 and also passed in the same week.
Thursday's plenary was presided over by the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu.
Giving update on the budget, he said the Appropriation Committee was putting finishing touches to the budget for its presentation and passage in the coming week.
In an attempt to cushion the panic that the delay in budget passage may have started generating in some quarters, Senator Ikweremadu urged Nigerians not to panic over the delayed passage of the budget.
"The delay will not affect government business," he said.
President Muhammadu Buhari had on December 14, 2016 presented a 7.29 trillion budget before a joint session of the National Assembly.
With all of this, it appears next week is one that Nigerians will look forward to with much interest.
On Monday, the panel set up to investigate allegations against the suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Babachir Lawal will submit its report to President Muhammadu Buhari.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who is the head of the panel, announced plans to submit the report on Wednesday.
Now the Senate passage of the budget is another thing that Nigerians will be looking forward to keenly.