- It's just three days to the end of the year, the National Assembly has transmitted to President Muhammadu Buhari the 2022 budget for assent.
- According to the report, the move was earlier delayed by the federal lawmakers because the piece of legislation is facing an implementation challenge
- The Senate president, Ahmad Lawan, disclosed that the budget would be transmitted to Buhari by Thursday, December 30
It would be recalled that the House of Representatives and the Senate passed the federal government’s budget on Tuesday and Wednesday last week, respectively.
The lawmakers raised the total estimates from the proposed N16.391 trillion to N17.126 trillion. The oil benchmark was raised from the proposed $57 per barrel to $62.
President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, had said the budget would be transmitted to Buhari by Thursday, December 30.
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A communication from the Clerk to the National Assembly, Ojo Amos, to the presidency, a copy of which the newspaper sighted on Tuesday, showed that the budget was transmitted on Friday and received by the Office of the Chief of Staff to the President on Saturday.
The president is expected to assent to the money bill by Saturday, December 1.
Electoral bill: Why senators dropped plot to override Buhari's veto
Meanwhile, the Senate has reportedly dropped the plan to override Buhari following his decision not to sign the Electoral Amendment Bill 2021.
The senators abandoned the plan following overnight lobbying by six governors.
It was gathered that the six governors, led by the Chairman of the Caretaker Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mallam Mai Mala Buni, lobbied senators overnight to stay action on their plan.
The lobbying which started at about 9pm on Tuesday, December 22, ended at 5am on Wednesday, December 23.
SERAP writes President Buhari, makes new demand over missing N3.1 billion
In other news, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to use his good office to direct the Attorney General of the Federation and minister of justice, Abubakar Malami, to investigate allegations of missing N3.1 billion from the ministry of finance.
The group also urged the president to ensure that relevant anti-corruption agencies join in the probe of the missing funds within the ministry.
In its letter made available to Legit.ng, SERAP's deputy director, Kolawole Oluwadare, said the allegations are part of the 2018 and 2019 annual audited reports by the Auditor-General of the Federation.