- The Senate has passed the 2021 budget after successfully scaling the third reading phase
- The budget was presented to the NASS by President Muhammadu Buhari in October
- Senate president Ahmad Lawan said the fiscal bill will ensure that the economy is supported fully through public expenditure
The 2021 appropriation bill has been passed by the Nigerian Senate months after it was presented to the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The budget was passed by the upper chamber during a plenary on Monday, December 21, having being read for the third time following weeks of thorough assessment by various committees of the upper legislative chamber.
President Muhammadu Buhari had in October presented N13.08 trillion budget to the lawmakers of both legislative chambers.
Speaking on the development, Senate president Ahmad Lawan praised the lawmakers for meeting the deadline and prompt response to the budget.
Lawan, who doubles as the president of the National Assembly, also commended the heads of ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) for defending their allocations.
The Senate president expressed confidence in the budget supporting the public expenditure despite the coronavirus pandemic which is responsible for the economic crisis.
"Let me, first of all, congratulate all of us for working so hard to ensure that we meet the deadline of passing the 2021 Budget before we go on Christmas break.
"Let me also congratulate the House of Representatives, our counterpart who are doing the same thing like we are doing here. Let me also commend the Executive like they did last year that no Head of Department, Ministry or Agency should travel out of the country without defending their budget.
"For Nigerians, this Budget that has been passed is to ensure that our economy is supported fully through public expenditure."
Meanwhile, four senators recently elected through bye-elections in states across the country were on Tuesday, December 15, sworn-in by the Senate president Ahmad Lawan.
The new senators include Adetokunbo Abiru (Lagos East), Senator Henry Seriake Dickson (Bayelsa West), Senator Cleopas Moses (Bayelsa Central) and Senator Nora Ladi Dadu’ut (Plateau South).
The clerk of the House administered the oath of office and oath of allegiance on the new senators at the inception of plenary. The new lawmakers are expected to represent their constituencies diligently by sponsoring bills that would further the national interest.
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