2018 Budget Not Ready For Passage Yet–Senate

By Ikenga Chronicles March 14, 2018

2018 Budget Not Ready For Passage Yet–Senate

The Senate has said that the 2018 Appropriation Bill is not yet ready for passage by the National Assembly.

Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari laid the budget before a joint session of the National Assembly on November 7, 2017, with expectations that it would have been passed.

The Chairman , Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Aliyu Sabi-Abdullahi, who spoke with journalists in Abuja on Tuesday, stated that he could not ascertain when the budgetary process would end.

“The budget process is on and I cannot tell you ‘this is the specific day it is going to end.’ All I can tell you specifically is that we are working very hard on it and we want to assure Nigerians that, at the end of the day, we will have a budget that will serve the purpose of Nigerians,” he said.

Sabi-Abdullahi added that the response by the Federal Government’s Ministries, Departments and Agencies whose heads were accused of failing to turn up for budget defence sessions being held by relevant legislative committees could be responsible for the delay.

It was gathered that the Senate, on February 14, 2018 asked 63 agencies and parastatals under the Federal Government to submit details of their proposed 2018 budgets within one week or risk sanctions. It is reported that the agencies and parastatals are yet to comply.

The lawmakers alleged that ministers and heads of Federal Government’s departments and agencies were frustrating legislative work on the budget proposals with their foreign trips and non-cooperation.

However, the unease between the legislature and the executive have been widely blamed for the delayed passage of the budget.