Senate To Pass 2019 Budget On April 16

  By Akinwale Kasali The Senate has adjourned plenary till April 9, to allow its Committee on Appropriation conclude work on the 2019 Budget. This followed the inability of the Committee to submit its report on the budget as proposed when the Senate adjourned on March 20. Announcing the committee’s position, its Vice Chairman, Sen. Sonni Ogbuoji, said less than 10 committees out of over 60 had submitted their budget reports to it, and urged the Upper Chamber for a two weeks extension. “Our report is not ready because some…

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Amid Boos and Crisis, Buhari Presents Budget Without Economic Plan

By Uche Mbah President Muhammadu Buhari presented the 2019 budget yesterday amid boos, jeers and accolades from the joint sitting of the national Assembly. The budget, which degenerated into a campaign speech by the president, was received with boos and shouts of “it’s a lie”, “no more years”, four more years” etc. It was a rancorous session, which prompted the president to take a break from reading the budget and caution the National Assembly, saying they should not be behaving this way, and that “the world is watching us”. Amid…

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INEC Budget: NASS Joint Committee In Closed Door Meeting

By Akinwale Kasali The controversy surrounding the passage of the budget of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the 2019 general elections may soon be over, following the meeting held today by the National Assembly joint committee on INEC. The committee has begun the consideration of harmonised version of the 2019 election budget. The lawmakers went into a closed-door session after the co-Chairman, Suleiman Nazif, said the opening prayers and asked members to introduce themselves. After the introductions, a member of the committee moved a motion for the meeting…

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