Budget defence: Senate adjourns plenary for one week

The Senate on Tuesday adjourned its plenary by one week.

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan who gave November 5 as the new date for resumption of plenary said the decision was to enable the various Senate Committees conclude the ongoing budget defence with the head of  Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAS).

He thanked his colleagues for diligent handling of the budget defence sessions.

He said:  “Let me commend all our committees for the wonderful work that we have been doing on the budget defence in the last two weeks.

“We have shown commitment, dedication and capacity to discharge our responsibilities, very patriotically for the love of our country.

“Our Committees have worked in some cases with sister Committees in the House of Representatives.

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“In some other cases, Committees worked simultaneously with the House and the Senate. We have done so wonderfully well. We have almost finished the budget defence. Today will be the last day for the budget defence, therefore this plenary session will not take long.

“We will adjourn to enable our Committees to conclude their budget defence today and also for our subcommittees to start forwarding their reports to the Committee on Appropriation and defending from tomorrow before the Committee on Appropriation.

“That exercise will last for one week. It will start from tomorrow and conclude on the 5th of November. Within that period, we will not hold plenary so we will have the entire time to conclude work on the budget.”

The motion for the adjournment was moved by the Senate Leader, Abdullahi Yahaya.

TribuneOnline findings revealed that after the presentation of the 2020 Budget appropriation bill by President Muhammadu Buhari before the joint session of the national assembly, the Senate had adjourned plenary till October 29 to enable the various  Committees to have a fruitful interface with the MDAs.

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