Senate issues Nov 27 deadline for submission of budget defence by MDAs

Senate issues Nov 27 deadline for submission of budget defence by MDAs

The Senate on Tuesday, November 24, mandated the committees yet to submit reports on budget defence for MDAs to do so on or before Nov. 27 to the Committee on Appropriation for harmonisation.

It disclosed that 22 committees were yet to meet the Nov.18 deadline earlier slated for the submission of reports.

The Senate said this had affected its ability to complete legislative works on the 2021 Appropriation Bill.

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan gave the directive when the Senate resumed plenary after it suspended sittings on Oct. 20 to allow committees to conduct defense on the 2021 budget of Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

Senate also at plenary considered for first reading five bills.

The bills are 2020 FCT Appropriation Act Repeal and Re-enactment Bill, 2020 by Sen. Abdullahi Yayaya (APC Kebbi), Animal Disease Control Act Repeal and Re-enactment Bill, 2020 by Sen. Abdullahi Yayaya (APC Kebbi), Federal College of Medical Sciences Nasarawa-Egon, Nasarawa State Bill, 2020 by Sen. Akwashiki Godiya (APC Nasarawa).

Others are the FCT School of Nursing and Midwifery Abuja Establishment Bill, 2020 by Sen. Musa Sani (APC Niger) and Insurance Act Amendment Bill, 2020 by Sen. Amosun Ibikunle (APC Ogun).

Meanwhile, the Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, says the 2021 Appropriation Bill currently before the house will be passed before Dec. 31.

Obasa gave the assurance during the plenary in Lagos on Monday, November 23.

He urged all standing committees of the house that served as sub-committees for the Budget and Economic Planning to work assiduously for the budget to be passed before Dec. 31.

“The second reading of the 2021 budget has been done; and all the sub-committees should hasten work on it.

“The house will do all the necessary work on it so that the budget can be returned to the governor for his assent on Dec. 31,” he said.

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The speaker also urged Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) to endeavour to show up to defend their budget when called upon by the budget committees.

1st News reports that Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Nov. 10, presented a budget of N1.16 trillion; to the Lagos State House of Assembly for approval for the 2021 fiscal year.

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