Senate President Lawan Reveals New Plans For Annual Budget Passage

The new 9th Senate President, Ahmed Lawan has spoken on the long standing issue of the appropriation bill staying too long with law makers before it is finally passed into law. He has said that it will be a thing of the past under his leadership.

Lawan, who had struck a major victory on Friday had suggested that the annual budget would not spend more than three months under him without passage.

Former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, House of Representatives Speaker Yakubu Dogara, and President Mohammadu Buhari had repetitively blamed one another over who the sole perpetrator of the late passage of the budget between 2015 to 2019 was.

The bone of contention had sprung from the fact that within the period of 2015 to 2019, there was not a year that the budget was passed in less than five months after the executive had submitted it to the National Assembly.

Lawan had revealed his new line of action in Abuja after Juma’at prayer at the State House, also saying that for his plan to be achieved the legislature and the executive had to work together as one.

The new Senate President had said that in a situation where the budget was presented in September ending or early October, deliberations and passage would be done before December break. Lawan had also said that he would not tolerate any delay from the MDAs when it comes to passing the budget.

 

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