Finally, Senate receives 2018 budget after six months delay

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President Muhammadu Buhari had in November 2017 presented to a joint session of the National Assembly a budget estimate of N8.612 trillion for the 2018 fiscal year.

At the Senate, the report was submitted by Danjuma Goje, chairman Senate committee on appropriations.

In a telephone chat with LEADERSHIP yesterday, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi disclosed that the senate's target is to have the budget laid at the plenary this week.

Similar assurance was also given by the spokesperson of the House of Representatives, Hon Abdulrasak Namdas last week that the Appropriation committee of the House would lay the considered estimates of the budget today for possible final consideration and passage by the House.

The National Assembly has increased the 2018 budget from the initial N8.612 trillion to N9.120 trillion.

The report had it that the breakdown of the budget, which was laid before both chambers on Tuesday, May 15, showed that the sum of N530,421,368,624 is for statutory transfer while N2,203,835,365,699 is for debt service.

The MDAs on the other hand accused the federal lawmakers of demanding bribes as conditions for passing the 2018 budget.

Lawan had said: "I want this Senate to give an ultimatum of one week to all the agencies to submit the details of their budget to our committees to consider for appropriation".

"Definitely, we can mandate the Ministry of Finance to ensure that they do not further order releases because they are breaking the law".

Yussuff Lasun, Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives who presided over the plenary session mandated all the lawmakers to collect copies of the budget preparatory for passages.

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