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.

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Damilola Zebulun Adeniran
Damilola is a multiple award-winning Writer, Researcher, and Community/Sustainable Development Practitioner. His interests and experience span across media, academics, human capital development, and strategic planning. Damilola is a Paradigm Initiative Digital Rights and Inclusion Media Fellow. He is the first Nigerian in history to win the blog4dev writing contest organised by the World Bank Group. Also, Damilola's written work on violent extremism and sustainable peace in Nigeria won a PeaceWriteNow prize, presented by the Embassy of Ireland in June, 2018. His works have been published in Nigeria and the United States of America, in English and in French. Damilola has also attended important meetings within and outside the African continent including the 2019 Spring Meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund in Washington D.C, USA and the West Africa Coastal Areas Management Program (WACA) Marketplace in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. He was also a special guest on a panel discussion titled “How creative industry can help to stem fragility,” which was held at the headquarters of the World Bank in Washington, D.C, USA. Furthermore, Damilola was selected as a Champion of Advocacy against extreme poverty and preventable diseases by ONE Campaign in May, 2019. An alumnus of the prestigious Lagos Business School and Federal University of Technology Akure, Damilola Adeniran represents Nigeria in the Youth Transforming Africa Program.

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