- The Senate has received President Buhari’s request for consideration of 2019/2020 NDDC budget
- The lawmakers, however, asked the president to immediately swear-in the confirmed NDDC board members who will defend the budget
- The minority leader of the Senate, Enyinnaya Abaribe, said the passage of the budget may be delayed if the new board members to defend it are not sworn-in on time
The Senate on Tuesday, November 26, received a formal request from President Muhammadu Buhari for the consideration and passage of the 2019/2020 budget estimates for the Nigerian Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
Legit.ng gathers that the president of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, read the letter containing the request during plenary.
Speaking after the letter was read, the minority leader of the Senate, Enyinnaya Abaribe, said the passage of the budget may be delayed if the new members of the NDDC board are not allowed to resume official duty.
Abaribe noted that it is the duty of the new board members to defend the budget proposal before the Senate committee on appropriation, a duty which they will not be able to perform if President Buhari does not swear them in.
The minority leader added that the current interim committee heading the NDDC lacks legal backing to defend the budget.
In his reaction, the Senate president commended the president for presenting the NDDC budget on time.
Lawan, however, also noted that since the Senate has confirmed President Buhari's NDDC board nominees, the next thing is for their appointment to take immediate effect.
Meanwhile, the passage of the 2020 budget has suffered a setback as the committee on appropriations asked for an additional week to present its report on the appropriations bill.
Senator Barau Jibrin, the chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriation, told the Senate on Tuesday, November 26, that the report was not yet ready.
The lawmaker asked for more time for the committee to finish the report and make it available on Tuesday, December 3.
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