2018 Budget To Continue Gathering Dust
The year has almost gone halfway but the 2018 budget is still chilling on the shelves of the National Assembly.
Despite the early presentation on November 7, 2018 by President Muhammad Buhari, the budget continues to suffer delays occasioned by the inability of the legislature and executive to resolve their differences as it concerns the budget.
At the moment, the budget is at a committee stage. The joint Senate and House of Representatives’ Committee on Appropriations on the 2018 have already prepared their report which is to be laid during plenary at the National Assembly.
The presentation of the committee’s report which was slated for Thursday has now been cancelled. It will now hold during plenary by Tuesday next week.
The Senate cancelled today’s (Thursday) plenary to allow members of the All Progressives Congress, APC caucus to prepare for the local government area congresses of the party holding on Saturday.
President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, on Monday after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, in company with Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, had said the report would be laid this week, while the passage of the budget would be done later in the week or by next week.
“Hopefully, it should be laid this week. If it can be laid this week, it can be passed early next week. We are hoping it will be laid this week,” Saraki had said.
Briefing journalists after the plenary on Wednesday, Sabi-Abdullahi, however, said, “It was supposed to be laid this week, but they are putting finishing touches. They are being careful not to make mistakes. The report will be laid on Tuesday and by Wednesday, we will approve it.
“The good thing is that it is the harmonised version (that will be laid). So, whatever is laid in the Senate will be laid in the House of Representatives, and it will be considered and passed the same time.”
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