The Senate on Thursday referred the 2021 budget estimate to its committee on Appropriation for further consideration and deliberation to be brought back to plenary within four weeks for further legislative input.
This was made known following the conclusion on the debate of the general principles of the budget which commenced on Tuesday on the floor of the Senate.
The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan reminded his colleagues that the budget estimates was laid on the 8th of October by Mr President and immediately actions are been taken on the budget to ensure its speedy passage before the end of the year.
According to him, the Senate would take the remaining two weeks in the month October to the first week of November to end budget defense with the MDAs.
He said all Ministers, Heads of Departments and Agencies are expected to appear in person and within the stipulated period also to defend their budget or risk the opportunity of getting their appropriation.
He said this is imperative because the return of the budget cycle by the Ninth Assembly and indeed the administration from January to December of every year cannot be under estimated as it helps in the proper planning and implementation of the budget.
Senator Lawan explained further that while budget is being referred to the committee on appropriation, the upper chamber shall resume debate also on Petroleum Industry Bill PIB next week Tuesday and pass it the same day for further work.
The Senate President also disclosed that though the implementation of the 2020 budget was minimal, he however said that there was an increase in funding of MDAs as compared to other preceding years.
He attributed this achievement to the return of budget cycle to January to December.
The Senate President further noted that as part of their legislative mandate, the oversight function shall be taken seriously to ensure projects rolled over into the next year’s budget were critical examined for completion.
He thanked his colleagues for being resilient and committed to their assignments.