- The National Assembly is ready to receive President Buhari for the presentation of the 2021 budget
- The Nigerian leader is expected to present a N13.08 trillion national budget for the 2021 fiscal year
- Operatives of the Department of State Security and other security agencies are present at the National Assembly
All is set and ready at the National Assembly complex for the 2021 budget presentation by Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, October 8, by 11 am.
According to The Nation, Department of State Security (DSS) operatives were stationed at the two entrances with about 10 officials manning the area.
Only visitors with designated tags were allowed on the premises as journalists and staff without tags were turned back.
However, when Austin Adesoro, an information officer in the office of the speaker arrived by 7am, he asked that reporters who have means of identity be allowed in.
Three DSS operatives were also spotted sitting at the side entrance of the Green Chamber where the joint session will be held.
A mixture of men from the DSS and Sergeants-at -Arms secured the main entrance.
Elder Felix Orumwense, the secretary directorate of human resources and staff development, on behalf of the clerk to the National Assembly in a circular asked workers to stay away from work.
Recall that President Buhari had written the National Assembly, requesting their approval to present the 2021 Appropriations Bill before them on Thursday, October 8.
This was disclosed when Senate President Ahmad Lawan read a letter from Buhari.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the Senate president sent a crucial message to the presidential aides.
He stated that COVID-19 protocols would be fully observed during the presentation of the 2021 budget on Thursday, October 8.
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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