OrderPaperToday – The two chambers of the National Assembly will be busy this week trying to meet up with passage of relevant bills that are time bound.
Having failed to keep to its promise of passing the 2020 budget last week, the Senate will now attempt to do so this week.
The 2020 budget will now be passed this week after the National Assembly failed to pass it last week, as earlier scheduled.
Senator Barau Jibrin, chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriation, while providing an update on the budget, pleaded for more time to put finishing touches on the document.
“We have been having sleepless nights; we have been able to put everything together with our team of experts. What remains now is to crosscheck and make sure there is no mistake; crossing all the ‘T’s and dotting all the ‘I’s.
“Thereafter, we will now go to print because we want to submit all the details. What remains now, it will take us up to Sunday, so by Monday, we should be able to have all the clear details and then we lay on Tuesday,” Jibrin said last Tuesday.
An earlier edition of Life Service had predicted that the budget will not be passed before December. Nevertheless, the National Assembly is still on course to return the country to a January-December budget cycle provided the president assents to it this month.
Achieving this aim may, however, be threatened by the death of a member of the House of Representatives as proceedings at the National Assembly would be disrupted for a day.
Suspension of plenary: Both chambers of the National Assembly will suspend plenary on Tuesday in honour of Ja’afaru Illiyasu, a member of the House of Representatives who died on Monday, 2nd December.
The lawmaker reportedly died in his sleep.
Valedictory session: Members of the House of Representatives will on Wednesday hold a valedictory session for their late colleague and reflect on his life and times.
The late Ja’afaru Illiyasu was a first term lawmaker who represented Magama/Rijau federal constituency of Niger State.
NDDC Showdown: The drama surrounding the NDDC budget is expected to continue this week.
Last Tuesday, President Muhammadu Buhari forwarded the 2020 budget of the NDDC to the Senate for consideration and passage.
Senate president, Ahmed Lawan and minority leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe, have insisted that the Red Chamber will only work with the board of the NDDC, which has not yet been sworn-in, and not the interim team inaugurated by the minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio.
It remains to be seen how the situation will be resolved this week to allow for the passage of the commission’s budget.