OrderPaperToday – The Senate today passed for second reading the 2019 budget following the conclusion of the debate on the general principles of the document.
The budget totalling N8,826,636,578,915 was referred to the Senate Committee on Appropriation to report back in two weeks.
In his remarks the Senate President, Bukola Saraki admonished heads of Ministries, Departments and Agencies to promptly appear before various Committees to defend their individual budget estimates in order to hasten the process of passage.
He said: “I want to make a strong appeal to all Committees to immediately start receiving presentations. All heads of Ministries, Departments, and Agencies should ensure that they promptly attend their defence so that there will be no delay. This is not the time to travel; this is the time to be around.”
It would be recalled that the budget was laid before the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari and read for the first time on Wednesday, 19th December, 2018.