Saraki announces new date for budget passage

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The Senate president, Bukola Saraki, has announced that the 2019 budget would be passed on Tuesday, April 30.

He made the announcement on Wednesday and according to him, there was a need for all lawmakers to be equipped with details of the budget which resulted to the postponement.

Consideration of the report by the Committee on Appropriations was scheduled on the other paper for Wednesday but the item could not be considered by the senate.

He explained that “Some members have not got printed copies of the details and I have directed the Clerk to make sure that latest by Monday we all have printed copies so that everybody can see the details of the budget, and by so doing we can now pass it on Tuesday.

“We don’t want to run into a problem where we pass it without details and our colleagues will start to comment. So, Clerk, ensure that everybody has copies of the details by Monday and we will pass it on Tuesday.”

The committee as at last week Wednesday laid its report on the 2019 Appropriation Bill.

The N8.83 trillion budget was presented to a joint session of the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari on December 19, 2018.

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