The Senate on Tuesday, October 15, adjourned plenary for two weeks to engage Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in defence of their 2020 budget.
The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan announced the adjournment during Tuesday’s plenary.
Lawan said that the adjournment was to engage Ministries, Departments and Agencies for the purpose of budget defence of the Appropriation Bill 2020.
1st News had reported that the President of the Senate had on Oct. 8, urged MDAs to appear before committees of the Senate in October to defend their 2020 budget.
According to Lawan, the exercise is supposed to last for two weeks.
“And like we said before, for the sake of emphasis, all MDAs should take this opportunity to come forward to the various committees in the National Assembly to defend their budget within the two weeks.
“This is the only window available. And for our committees, we wish you the best of outing.
“We will be coming to the National Assembly those of us who are not members of the committees to give the moral support that is required,” he said.
Senate threatens to stop spending by NCC, NDDC, FCT over non-submission of budget
Meanwhile, Lawan has warned that the Senate will stop funding of three agencies that have not submitted their budgets.
The affected agencies are Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and other agencies that are yet to submit their budget to the chamber.
Lawan gave the warning while speaking after the passage through second reading the passage of the 2020 budget.
He said: “I will not conclude this comment without making reference to these agencies that don’t bring their budget to the National Assembly on time. One of our colleagues mentioned that the NDDC’s 2018 and 2019 budget has not been brought here. Now, it is 2020.
“The warning to the NDDC is if you don’t bring the 2020 budget proposal in time, you won’t have money to spend any more because you cannot be spending government funds without appropriation.
“Appropriation is the responsibility of the National Assembly and we are not going to allow our responsibility to slip through our fingers. It is the same thing for NCC, FCT and any other agency that has not sent its budget.”