Following the consideration and adoption of the report by the joint National Assembly Committee on Appropriation, the Nigeria Senate has on Wednesday, May 16, finally passed the 2018 Appropriation Bill.
The Senate increased the proposal of N8.612 trillion presented by President Muhammadu Buhari in December, 2017 to N9.120trn.
Recall that the report was laid before the Senate on Tuesday, May 15, while the lawmakers considered and adopted it at an extended plenary for Wednesday, May 16.
The 2018 budget has been on the front burner in recent times as many people have blamed the National Assembly for purposely delaying the budget as using it as a tool against the executive.
However, the National Assembly had maintained that the delays were due to the ministries, departments and agencies of government (MDAs) who have failed to submit their details within the stipulated time.
The president of the Senate and head of the National Assembly, Dr Bukola Saraki had assured that the budget will be treated with the uttermost urgency which it deserves.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that President Muhammadu Buhari was urged to remove all illegal allowances inserted by federal lawmakers in the 2018 budget, by a human rights organisation, Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA Resource Centre),
Premium Times reported the group to have made the plea in a letter written to the president, which was signed by its chairman, Olanrewaju Suraju.
Legit.ng gathered that in addition to this request, the group also implored Buhari to retrieve from the lawmakers, all funds previously collected illegally.
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