The Nigerian Senate, on Tuesday, May 15, listed the presentation of the report of the 2018 budget, in its programme.
The official Twitter handle of the Senate president, @SPNigeria, made the announcement public and posted a picture of the order paper.
NAIJ.com notes that the development comes six months after the document was presented to the upper legislative chamber by President Muhammadu Buhari.
President Buhari had in his presentation of the 2018 appropriation bill to a joint session of the National Assembly on November 7, 2017, called for speedy passage of the budget to allow for implementation of the January to December budget cycle.
Both legislative chambers had blamed the delay in the approval of the bill to refusal of heads of ministries, departments and agencies to come forward and defend their respective budget proposals.
The report of the 2018 appropriation bill was listed as the only report to be presented for Tuesday; immediately following an outline of the bills to be presented.
Recall that NAIJ.com previously reported that the National Assembly postponed the approval of this year’s budget till May 2018.
This was contrary to expectations that the 2018 budget estimates of N8.612 trillion would be passed by April.
Chairman, House committee on appropriations, Mustapha Dawaki, made this known at the 2018 National Budget Hearing in Abuja, which was jointly organised by the Senate and House Committees on Appropriation.
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