Budget presentation: NASS bars ministers, reduces Buhari’s entourage

Budget presentation: NASS bars ministers, reduces Buhari’s entourage

- The National Assembly has said that some aides of President Buhari would not be allowed to enter chambers during the budget presentation

- President Buhari would present the 2021 budget appropriation to the joint NASS on Thursday, October 8

- Lawan noted that the NASS would observe COVID-19 protocols during the presentation

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Less than twenty-four hours before the presentation of the 2021 appropriation bill by President Muhammadu Buhari to a joint session of the National Assembly, Senate president Ahmad Lawan has sent a crucial message to the presidential aides.

The Nation reports that he stated COVID-19 protocols would be fully observed during the presentation of the 2021 budget on Thursday, October 8, by President Buhari.

Legit.ng gathered that Lawan said most of the president’s aides, who are not directly involved in the budget process, would not be admitted into the chambers, adding that those who would not be admitted may, however, join the session virtually.

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Budget presentation: NASS bars ministers, reduces Buhari’s entourage

The Senate president, Ahmad Lawan said COVID-19 protocols would be observed during 2021 budget presentation. Credit: Twitter/Ahmad Lawan.
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It would be recalled that some governors, ministers, top presidential aides, and leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) had accompanied the president to present the budget in the past.

The Senate president made the remarks following a motion by the Senate leader, Yahaya Abdullahi representing Kebbi North at the red chamber.

Lawan said that the presentation would last for roughly one hour, saying that the joint session normally takes place in the chamber of the House of Representatives.

He said:

“It is going to be the same. It will take place there but by this time around because of the situation of COVID-19, we have made arrangements to observe social distancing in the Chamber.
“We also have to wear out face masks mandatorily. We are going to also abridge the entire event because we will be many there.
“So the entire event will last just about an hour. From the entry of the President into the chamber and addresses and the presentation and laying will be just an hour event so that we are able to comply with the requirements of the COVID-19 protocol.
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“Mr. President too, this time around, will not be accompanied by many people on the entourage. Only a few people – very key and relevant to budget – will accompany Mr. President into the chamber. I think by the arrangement those of them that have little to do with the budget will join virtually what will happen.”

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that President Buhari wrote the National Assembly, requesting their approval to present the 2021 appropriations bill before them on Thursday, October 8.

It was reported that this was disclosed when Senate President Ahmad Lawan read a letter from Buhari.

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