As the leadership of the National Assembly intensify preparation ahead of today’s presentation of the 2020 appropriation bill by President Muhammadu Buhari to the National Assembly, security has been beefed up around the Assembly complext. As at 2:00pm yesterday a battalion of plain cloth uniform personnel were seeing at the lobby of the white house. Later in the day, this reporter saw some National Assembly staff with red carpet at the lobby, ostensibly to lay it for today’s event. This reporter also painters making a facelift of the main gate into the National Assembly complex.
President Muhammadu Buhari would today present the 2020 appropriation bill to the National Assembly.
As a tradition, President Muhammadu Buhari would be addressing a joint sitting of both the Senate and House of Assembly at 2pm.Senate spokesman, Adedayo Adeyeye, who told reporters last Thursday, expressed optimism that the appropriation bill would be passed by the National Assembly before the Christmas break.Senate President Ahmed Lawan had assured Nigerians that the National Assembly would ensure that the country returns to the January and December budget circle.Earlier, the National Assembly Joint Committee on Finance had passed the Medium Term Expenditure Framework and Fiscal Paper, a week after it was submitted to the Legislature by the Executive arm.