2018 Budget: Senators In Closed Session Ahead Of Buhari's Arrival
Senators are now in a closed session ahead of the arrival of President Muhammadu Buhari for the presentation of the 2018 budget proposal.
Buhari is set to present the budget by 2.pm to the joint session of the National Assembly.
The senators went into the session immediately after the Senate President, Bukola Saraki said the opening prayers by 11.10am.
The session, it was gathered, was to address issues raised by a group of lawmakers comprising members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) who have threatened to cause confusion during the budget presentation.
Sources said the lawmakers specifically threatened to heckle, boo or embarrass the President in some way during his budget presentation to protest poor implementation of the capital component of the 2017 budget.
Some lawmakers are aggrieved that the presidency failed to release the 2016 and 2017 allocations for their constituency projects.
They maintained that if President Buhari held on to their constituency allowance, they would not accord him the honour to address them in a joint session.
However, it was gathered that President Buhari invited Saraki and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara to the presidential villa for a talk to prevent such confrontation.
Sources disclosed that the President had thought of postponing the budget presentation to allow aggrieved lawmakers to resolve areas of differences, but he was assured by Saraki and Dogara that lawmakers would be persuaded to hold their peace.
To ensure that things go smoothly during the presentation, the secretary to government of the federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, had separate meetings with Saraki and Dogara, on Monday to prevail on lawmakers not to do any things that would embarrass the President.