Dr. Ahmad Lawan Ibrahim, the Senate President, has revealed that the 2021 National budgets would be presented to the joints session of the National Assembly by next week.
The Senate President stated this on 29th September 2020 during a closed-door meeting that lasted over two hours with the executives.
He gave them a hint on what was discussed upon resumption of plenary after a two-months annual holiday; Dr. Lawan Ibrahim also explained that the 2020 implementation of Nigeria’s yearly budget had been disrupted due to Coronavirus in the country.
Lawan also express the readiness of lawmakers to seriously deal with the proposed 2021 budget, which is submitted next week, the head of agencies of government should make themselves available for the budget defense for seamless budget, he advised.
“As we make an effort to attend to the expeditious passage of 2021, I want to advise Chief Executives of agencies of government to make themselves available to defend their budget on time.”
According to him, “my fear is the wrong impact of Covid-19 against the country, which would be devastating if nothing is done to mitigate such. All arms of government should hastily rise to the occasion of ensuring that the economy is prevented from going down to the recession”, he added.
However, the chamber has taken note of time constraints given the general election. Hence it would be treated with dispatch, Lawan added.
He also express his fellings towards the high levels of insecurity in the country, stating that lawmakers will attend to the challenge.
“The country is bedeviled with enormous insecurity, and the Senate would do all it could to address the ugly trend.” DAILYPOST