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Senate adjourns the expected passage of 2020 budget

The Senate’s planned approval of the 2020 budget has been postponed by a week.

It will be recalled that the lawmakers had previously planned that the budget report be presented on November 26, 2019 for the final consideration and possible approval on November 28, 2019.

However, addressing his colleagues during Tuesday’s plenary session, the Chairman Senate Committee on Appropriation, Senator Barau Jibrin (APC, Kano North) requested an extension of time until Tuesday next week to prepare a copy clean of the report.

“Mr. President, the stage we are right now is where we have done everything in respect to the process. What remains now is to cross-check and make sure there is no mistake. Crossing all the t’s and dotting all the i’s.

“Thereafter, it now goes to print because we want to submit the report in details. And what remains now will take us up to Sunday next week so by Monday we should be able to have a clean report, clean details, and everything and then we lay the report on Tuesday next week.

“It’s good that we inform this august Senate so that you know where we are and what we are doing,” he said.”

Responding to the request by the committee chairman, Senate President Ahmad Lawan gave the committee an additional week to lay the report, expressing hope that this will give them enough time to tidy up the report.

“I will give you an additional week, but that is unfailingly, Tuesday next week – that is December 3, 2019 – and by the grace of God you should be able to lay it here,” Lawan said.