Senate Explains Delay In Passing 2023 Appropriation Bill
The President of the Nigerian Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has explained why the Senate decided to shift the passage of the 2023 Appropriation Bill to next Wednesday.
Senator Lawan gave the explanation on Thursday against the backdrop of an earlier announcement that the Bill would be passed before the chamber adjourned for Christmas recess on Thursday, December 22, 2022.
He told his colleagues that the budget would not be passed because they were not able to receive the report of the committee on Appropriation, stressing that the Appropriation Bill came to the National Assembly with some irregularities which both chambers needed to address before passing the bill.
According to him, since both Monday and Tuesday were declared as public holidays for the Christmas celebrations, the report of the committee could only be received for consideration on Wednesday, the 28th December 2022.
The 9th National Assembly had done so much to pass the previous appropriation Bills since 2019, before the end of each year to date, and it has been noted as one of the cherished legacies of the ninth National Assembly.
Meanwhile, Senate has confirmed that the 2022 supplementary budget submitted by President Muhammadu Buhari is to address some critical national issues, especially federal roads which were terribly affected by floods.
Chairman of the senate committee on works Senator Mohammed Aliero, made the confirmation while briefing members of the committee on Appropriations, ahead of wednesday next week when the senate in plenary is scheduled to receive the final report.