- The Senate has suspended its plenary for two weeks to allow lawmakers to attend to budget matters
- The plenary is expected to resume on Tuesday, April 2, when the committees would have concluded their assignments
- Bukola Saraki, the Senate president, however, urged the committees not to bother going after MDAs to appear for budget defence
The Senate on Wednesday, March 20, adjourned plenary until April 2 to enable its standing committees to work on the 2019 appropriation bill.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that heads of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) are expected to appear before the committees to defend their budget proposals within the two-week period.
The Senate committed the bill to the committees on Tuesday, March 19, after concluding debate on the general principles.
Speaking at Tuesday’s session, president of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, enjoined the MDAs to promptly respond to committees’ invitations for the budget defence to enable the senate expedite action on the bill.
He, however, advised the committees not to bother going after MDAs to appear for budget defence.
According to him, “The relevant committees should swing into action and ensure that they conclude work on the budget within two weeks.
“The committee on appropriations should submit its report on April 2, so that we can pass the budget. Let me also add that the various committees should not run after or force any head of agency to appear.
“If they do not appear before the given time, adopt what was submitted by the president and submit your report. That is what you should do."
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the House of Representatives suspended plenary till Tuesday, April 2, to enable members engage MDAs at committee level on the defense of 2019 budget proposal.
This was sequel to a unanimous adoption of a motion by the majority leader of the House, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila (APC-Lagos) at the plenary on Tuesday, March 19.
In his ruling, the deputy speaker of House, Rep. Yussuf Lassun (APC-Osun), urged all the standing committees to work and conclude budget defense before May.
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