OrderPaperToday – The Senate today adjourned sitting for two weeks and will resume plenary on 2nd April, 2019.

While moving for the adjournment, Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan revealed that it was to enable the committees of the Senate focus on the budget as Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) flock the red chamber to defend their individual estimates.

On Tuesday, the budget was read for a second term and referred to the Committee on Appropriations which will work with other Senate Committees and report back in two weeks.

Speaking during the second reading, Senate President Bukola Saraki urged the heads of MDAs to avail themselves during the defence exercise in order to facilitate swift passage of the budget.

“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,” he said.

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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 the first Nigerian in history to win the blog4dev writing contest organised by the World Bank. Also, his writing 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. 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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