The Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, on Tuesday, expressed optimism that the National Assembly would pass the 2020 budget by November 28.
This development came after the upper legislative chamber at its plenary gave its Appropriations Committee a two weeks ultimatum to work on the 2020 Budget and lay it by November 26 for subsequent consideration and passage before the end of next month.
The Senate President insisted that the National Assembly resolve to revert to the January to December budget cycle remained sacrosanct.
Lawan, who commended the various committees for rounding off their budget defence sessions on schedule and defended such before the Senator Barau Jibrin- led Senate Committee on Appropriations, said: “All the committees have done their works so well within the defined parameters.
“Therefore, we expect the appropriations committee to be galvanised into action.
“They (members of the appropriations committee) should produce the report to be laid here on the 26th November, which is the next two weeks before the Senate.
“I believe this will be the same thing in our sister chamber, the House of Representatives, so that we would be able to pass the 2020 appropriation bill on the 28th of November.”
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