National Assembly Gives October 31 Deadline to MDAS to Defend Their Budget
The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has assured citizens that the National Assembly would accelerate work on the 2020 Appropriation Bill.
He stated this in his opening address at the budget presentation ceremony in Abuja on Tuesday.
The Senate President stressed the need to return to a January-December budget cycle and urged ministries, departments and agencies to turn up before the National Assembly committees for the defence of their budget proposals in the bill.
“This function being the first in the 9th session of National assembly makes it even more significant as both the legislature and the executive have demonstrated readiness and commitment in order to pass the 2020 budget in good and desirable time.”
“Clearly this effort is to enable the federal government provide those laudable objectives or physical infrastructure and socio-economic services to our citizens. The public, as well as the private sectors, need a reliable budget cycle that is predictable and reliable for planning and execution of their physical and financial policies and programmes.”
He also stated that all budget defence sessions would be concluded in October, while the lawmakers had planned to pass the budget in December.
President Muhammadu Buhari had earlier today presented the 2020 budget proposal to the National Assembly.