Senate Calls Off Break, As 2017 Budget Top Agenda

By Ikenga Chronicles January 9, 2017

The Senate said it would place priority on the passage of the 2017 Appropriation Bill when it resumes from its recess on Tuesday January 10.

Senate spokesman, Senator  Sabi Abdullahi told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in an interview on Monday that the Upper Chamber would live up to its constitutional responsibility in turning out an implementable budget.

Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari had on Dec. 14, 2016, presented a budget of N7.3 trillion to the National Assembly for approval.

Speaking further, he assured that the Senate would speed up consideration of the budget in order to pass it in good time.

“The Senate will continue where it stopped in terms of the speed of work, the focus, and there will be increased intensity in terms of output’’ Abdullahi said.

The lawmaker assured that the Senate would avoid anything that would create controversy and derail speedy consideration of the budget.

He said, “At this period last year, we were already submerged in controversy with regard to the 2016 Budget but as you can see there is no controversy this time around.’’

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