Senate suspends plenary for 2 weeks, embarks on 2018 budget defence

OrderPaperToday – The Senate has suspended plenary for two weeks to commence the defence of proposals in the 2018 budget by Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

This followed by the passage of the 2018 appropriation bill for second reading.

The bill was then referred to the Committee on Appropriation to report back on Tuesday 19th December 2017.

Speaking on the time frame, the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki sternly warned Minsters and heads of MDAs to stick strictly to the time table.

Saraki said: “We know the time table is tight that is why we would suspend plenary for us to start the defence of the budget.

“The budget committee chairman and members should ensure they keep to the timetable. I want to make a warning to all heads of MDAs to ensure that they respect strictly the letter of invitation and the time table.

“This is not time for excuses for ministers and parastatals to start travelling and not be able to attend defence. We don’t have the time. It is a very short time. They should be there on time so that the committee can wrap up and present their report. I know we have a lot of work ahead.”

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