Senate Suspends Budget Defence for a Week

The Senate has suspended plenary for one week for the continuation of budget defence by ministers, head of agencies and departments.
The suspension is sequel to the interim report by the chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, Senator Danjuma Goje (APC, Central) on the 2016 budget.
Goje told the House Tuesfay, after two weeks break that most committees could not finish interacting with the MDAs on the budget.
“Because of the errors, padding and confusion around the budget, most committees could not finish their work. We propose that another one week be given to enable the committees complete their hearing,” he said.
The Senators supported the request for suspension of the plenary, it wss unanimously adopted to extend it for another one week.
The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, in his remarks tasked his colleagues to ensure the completion of the budget defence within the time frame.
“Kindly ensure that all engagements and discussions are done within a week. We should be very strict and ensure that a thorough job is done,” he said.
The lawmakers had last week announced that the February 25th fixed for the passage of the budget was no longer feasible in view of the challenges facing the fiscal document.
The Senate had on February 2, suspended plenary for two weeks for the budget defence hearing and on resumption today, Tuesday.

Author: News Editor

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