- Senate says budget will be passed on Thursday, May 11
- The 2017 appropriation report was laid before the Senate by Goje during plenary on Tuesday, May 9
- The National Assembly also added N143bn to the initial N7.441tn to make N7.298tn
The Nigerian Senate has received the 2017 budget report after much delay.
The 2017 appropriation report was laid before the upper house of legislature by chairman of the senate committee on appropriations Senator Danjuma Goje during plenary on Tuesday, May 9.
The budget had been expected to be passed last week, before May 5, when the 2016 budget officially expired.
The report was however delayed to allow the House of Representatives present its own report on the appropriation budget.
Meanwhile, The Punch reports that the National Assembly raised the budget by over N143bn to N7.441tn, up from President Muhammadu Buhari’s original proposal of N7.298tn.
NAIJ.com gathered that the report would also be passed on Thursday, May 11.
This was revealed by Senate president Bukola Saraki while commending the the Goje-led committee on its detailed job with the budget.
Saraki said this is the first time the appropriation bill will be presented with details.
He added that soft copies will be given today,, Tuesday, May 9 while hard copies will be given on Wednesday, May 10 and the bill itself passed on Thursday.
NAIJ.com had reported on Thursday, May 4 that just less than 24 hours before the expiration of the 2016 budget on Friday, May 5, the Nigerian Senate has stepped down the presentation of the report of Senate Committee on Appropriations on the 2017 budget.
The event which had been listed on the order paper has been stepped down by deputy senate president Ike Ekweremadu during plenary on Thursday, May 4.
Senate leader Ahmad Lawan had earlier claimed that the report would be laid last on Tuesday, May 2 passed on Wednesday May 3 and transmitted to the President on Thursday, May 4.
The deadline was missed, thereby delaying the budget till today Tuesday, May 9.
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