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2020 Appropriation Bill Set For National Assembly On Tuesday

President of the Nigerian Senate, Ahmed Lawan

The National Assembly is set to receive the 2020 Appropriation Bill, it was learnt on Saturday.

Findings showed that the Appropriation Committees of the two chambers are also in top gear to receive the fiscal document when it is referred to them.

A member of the Senate Appropriation Committee told our reporter that “all hands are on deck to ensure that the budget is not unduly delayed when it is presented by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Buhari had in a letter to the Senate President, informed the Senate that he would present the 2020 Appropriation Bill to a joint session of the National Assembly on Tuesday, October 8, 2019.

This is the first time the Appropriation Bill would be presented to a joint session of the National Assembly in October for consideration and passage.

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The 2019 budget was presented to the two chambers on December 19, 2018.

Senate President, Senator Ahmad Lawan, has been consistent in his assurance that the 2020 budget would be passed before the National Assembly goes on its Christmas recess if the Appropriation Bill is submitted in September or first week of October.

The presentation of the budget is coming on the heels of the consideration and passage of the 2020 Medium Term Expenditure Framework and Fiscal Strategy Paper (MTEF/FSP) by the Senate.

Chairman Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Adedayo Adeyeye, had informed Senate Correspondent on Thursday that the President would present 2020 Appropriation Bill on Tuesday.

He also underscored the importance of the budget presentation, saying it was in line with the legislative agenda of the Senate and the desire of the President of the Senate to change the budget cycle.

“On Tuesday by 2pm, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, will address a joint sitting of the National Assembly on the 2020 national budget.

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