OrderPaperToday – Barring any last minute adjustment, the 2020 budget will be submitted to the National Assembly by the end of September, the Finance Minister, Zainab Ahmed, has said.

Ahmed hinted this at a high-level national donor coordination roundtable in Abuja on Wednesday.

In a statement issued by her media aide, Mr. Yunusa Abdullahi, the Finance Minister was quoted saying: “The 2020 budget preparation process is well underway, and we intend to finalise and submit the 2020 appropriation bill to the National Assembly by the end of this month.

“As a first step towards ensuring that your donor programmes are aligned with our strategic priorities, and are in turn reflected in our upcoming national budget, we will hold meetings in the next few days to better understand your ongoing and planned programmes.”

She continued: “Following this consultative meeting, a set of guidelines will be provided to support submission of your costed short to medium term plans, broken down annually.

This process will ensure that we consider on-going and planned aid interventions when making our 2020 budgetary allocations, and that said interventions are reflected in the Appropriation Bill.”

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