2020 budget: We will ensure it is passed by December - Lawan

2020 budget: We will ensure it is passed by December - Lawan

- President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has reiterated the National Assembly's resolve to pass the 2020 budget proposal by December

- Lawan says the National Assembly will not allow ministers or heads of ministries, departments and agencies of government to frustrate it from passing the 2020 budget proposal by December

- According to the Senate president, the National Assembly has collectively agreed to pass the budget 2020 before the end of the year

The Senate president, Ahmad Lawan, has assured that the National Assembly will not allow ministers or heads of ministries, departments and agencies of government to frustrate it from passing the 2020 budget proposals by December.

Lawan gave the assurance on Friday, October 11, at the unveiling of the Legislative Agenda of the House of Representatives.

The Senate president said that the National Assembly has collectively agreed to pass the budget 2020 before the end of the year.

According to him, the National Assembly will do the right thing which is to work on the budget and pass it, Vanguard reports.

Legit.ng notes that the Senate president said: “We will not allow anyone to frustrate our desire to pass the 2020 Budget before the end of this year. So, it is an opportunity for all those concerned with defending their budgets, to take the advantage.

“Already, the House has suspended plenary; the Senate will do same on Tuesday next week for the consideration of budget defence by ministries, departments and agencies of government."

He said that only the window of October is available for budget defence, adding that any minister or head of agency who decides to travel out of Nigeria without defending his or her respective budget would have no opportunity to do so.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Ahmed Lawan, the president of the Senate, said that 2020 budget presented by President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, October 8, would be passed before the end of December 2019.

Lawan informed ministries, departments and agencies that they had not more than October to defend their voted in relation to the budget in order to ensure the quick passage of the budget.

He said: “We have earmarked the month of October to be the sole window for all budget defence activities in this year by all MDAs. Our committees will be expected to conclude their work on budget defence within October 2019."

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