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Senate to pass Appropriation bill on December 14

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Senate President, Ahmad Lawan has revealed that the 2022 appropriation bill will be passed on December 14.

He made this announcement during plenary on Tuesday, saying it would enable the upper chamber to maintain the January to December budget cycle.

To avoid running into serious issues, the lawmaker advised that it is pertinent for the senate to stick to their timetable.

According to him, “tomorrow will be the last day for the budget defence by sub-committees of the appropriation committee before the Committee on Appropriation.

“And it is very essential to stick to our timetable otherwise, we may run into very serious problem with our time for the budget to be considered and passed by December 14.

“It is gladdening that all our committees have finished their budget defence with Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs) as products by this senate,” the senate president said.

The News Agency of Nigeria reported that the senate president noted that some committees were behind in submission, he, however, urged them to speedily meet up with the scheduled date.

“We have a little bit of delay. We are behind schedule with some of our committees. So I’m sure those committees that should have appeared before the Committee on Appropriation but could not; may have had some challenges with getting some details from the MDAs.

“Tomorrow (Wednesday), no matter what, they have to conclude with the budget defence by the sub-committees before the Committee on Appropriation.

“I’m sure that our committees will be able to appear before the Committee on Appropriation by Wednesday and I will also urge that the Committee on Appropriation to make itself available to our sub-committees.

“At least, we have up to the weekend to conclude on the work of defence by the sub-committees before the Appropriation Committee so that it is able to also work, compile the document for us to work with when we come to the next segment of budget processing, we lay it for consideration and passage,” he added.

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