Published On: Sun, May 7th, 2017

Again, Senate Steps Down Passage Of 2017 Budget, Defers Till Next Legislative Day

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By Ayobami Joel, Abuja

 

Senate Chamber

Yet again, the Nigerian Senate has stepped down but deferred the submission, consideration and passage of the 2017 Budget, saying that report is now expected to be laid next legislative day, Tuesday, May 9th, 2017.

The laying of the report of the Committee on Appropriation was included in the Order Paper for Thursday plenary session but the Senate stepped it down.

The Senate cited that the inability of the committee on Appropriations to conclude work on the document was responsible for the action.

Senate Leader, Senator Ahmad Lawan, who made the disclosure in plenary on Thursday, said members of the Senate committee on Appropriation were currently meeting with their counterparts in the House of Representatives on last minute harmonization of the 2017 Budget.

Responding, the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu reiterated that “the 2017 Budget will indeed be passed way ahead of the June 30th 2017 constitutional deadline.”

Recall that Senate President Bukola Saraki had said the National Assembly would pass the 2017 budget by the middle of March.

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