Senate President says delay in minister’s appointment won’t affect 2020 budget

Written by on July 18, 2019

The Senate President, Senator Ahmed Lawan, has said that delay in the submission of the
ministerial list by President Muhammadu Buhari for screening won’t affect the National
Assembly from giving the Appropriation bill expeditious passage.

According to him, returning the national Budget’s fiscal cycle to January to December will be
possible if the proposal gets to the National Assembly by September.

He spoke with State House correspondents after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari
at the Presidential Villa with the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila
on Wednesday.

The senate president said budgets are usually prepared by civil servants, adding that if the
2020 budget is presented before the senate by September, it will be passed by the first or
second week in December. He said the budget will be ready for presidential assent by January
if passed in December.

Asked his discussions with the President, Lawan said that they discussed those things that
would ensure that the people of Nigeria are better protected and that will enable the
economy of Nigeria to perform better to the inclusion of everyone in the country.

He said that the National Assembly will collaborate and cooperate with the executive arm of
government to uncover better approaches, improved paradigm in order to improve the
current situations in the country.

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