By Jude Opara and Orkula Shaagee, Abuja
The Senate, yesterday deferred the consideration and passage of the 2020 budget to Tuesday next week on request of the chairman, Senate Committee on Appropriations, Senator Barau Jibrin.
At the Tuesday’s sitting, Jubril, raising a point of order, said the committee had collated all the reports of the sub-committees and had analysed them, but requested for more time to tidy it up before presenting it to the floor of the Senate.
The Senate had slated November 28, for passage of the 2020 Appropriations Bill, but yesterday’s resolution means the Appropriations committee would present the report on Tuesday or Wednesday next week.
“We have been having sleepless nights, we have been able to put everything together with our team of experts. What remains now is to crosscheck and make sure there is no mistake.
“Thereafter, we will now go to print because we want to submit all the details. What remains now, it will take us up to Sunday, so by Monday, we should be able to have all the clear details and then we lay on Tuesday,” Jubril told the Senate.
Lending his voice to the request, the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, said the committee required additional week to finalise the legislative work.
“I am sure you are working with the House Committee on Appropriations. The Senate will give you an additional week and that is unfailing, Tuesday should be on 3rd of December, 2019. By the grace of God, you should be able to lay it here and the Senate should pass it within that week”.
It would be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari presented the budget of N10.33 trillion to the joint houses of the National Assembly on October 8, for the year 2020.
The budget was, thereafter, referred to the Senate Committee on Appropriations, which spread the budget across the committees that held defence sessions with Ministries, Departments and Agencies(MDAs).