OrderPaperToday – The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has given reasons why the passage of the 2021 budget has been delayed.

Recall that the Chairman Senate committee on Appropriation, Jibrin Barau, before the budget defence stated that the appropriation bill will be passed on the first week of December.

However, Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) are still defending their budget proposals before the standing committees of the National Assembly.

As a result, it has caused delay in presentation of the reports of standing committees before the Committee on Appropriation.

Lawan then gave an extra week for all the activities on the budget to be concluded and forwarded to the Committee on Appropriation.

Speaking at the start of plenary of Tuesday after a month of budget defence, Lawan however, said: “We have not be able to complete the defence presentation by some committees to the Committee on Appropriation.

“We have 22 committees that have not gone to appropriations to present the budget of their ministries or agencies. I want to remind us that that exercise would have been completed on the 18th of November.

“Today is 24th. It means we are short in our timetable by almost six days already. We will provide the remaining part of the legislative days probably up to Friday for all those committees that have not been able to defend before the Committee on Appropriation to do so.

“By next week, the Committee on Appropriation will have to work to present the Appropriation bill before the Senate and the House since they have to harmonise. I understand some committees have some issues but I think we have to round off before Friday.”

Recall that the President or the red chamber informed that the passage of the 2021 budget will be shifted to the second week of December.

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