Senate to suspend plenary for budget defence

Senate to suspend plenary for budget defence

- The Senate will adjourn its plenary on Tuesday, October 20, to allow budget defence sessions for MDAs

- Ahmad Lawan, the Senate president, who made this known noted that plenary for the upper chamber will be suspended for two weeks

- Lawan insisted that heads of government agencies and ministers must be present to defend their budgets

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The president of the Nigerian Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has said that the upper chamber will suspend plenary from Tuesday, October 20, for two weeks. gathered that this is to allow committees to begin defence of the 2021 budget estimates by the government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

Lawan made this known in a statement issued by Ezrel Tabiowo, the special assistant to the president of the Senate, on Thursday, October 15.

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Senate to suspend plenary for 2 weeks to begin budget defence – Lawan
Senate president has said the upper chamber will suspend plenary for 2 weeks to begin budget defence. Photo credit: Tope Brown
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The Senate president went on to note that the upper chamber’s deadline for budget defence would not pass the first week of November.

Lawan added that the president back in 2019 instructed that no minister should travel without defending the budget of their agency.

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Meanwhile, reported that the proposed 2021 budget on Thursday, October 15, scaled through its second reading at the floor of the Senate during its plenary.

The reading came on the heels of a three-day debate by federal lawmakers on the ramifications and principles of the Appropriation Bill, tagged a budget of “Economic Recovery and Resilience” by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The debate was characterised by several appraisals on the strengths, weaknesses and workability of the proposed budget in view of the nation's current economic standing.

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In a related development, the 2021 appropriation bill has been described as "unrealistic" by Enyinnaya Abaribe, minority leader of the Senate and other senior lawmakers from the opposition.

Speaking during a plenary on Tuesday, October 13, the lawmaker stated that the N13 trillion budget presented by President Muhammadu Buhari lacks conviction with regards to the present state of the economy.

In other news, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, Nigeria's deputy Senate president, has kicked against the recent sale of gold bar by Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara state to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

Omo-Agege who is from oil-rich Delta state, made his grievances known during Senate plenary on Wednesday, October 14.

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