Again! Senate Fail to Pass 2018 Budget


The report by the joint Senate and House of Representatives’ Committee on Appropriations on the 2018 Appropriation Bill was not laid at the Senate before the chamber adjourned plenary to Tuesday next week.
The Senate cancelled today’s (Thursday) plenary to allow members of the All Progressives Congress caucus to prepare for the local government area congresses of the party holding on Saturday.
Briefing journalists after the plenary on Wednesday, Sabi-Abdullahi, however, said, “It was supposed to be laid this week but they are putting finishing touches. They are being careful not to make mistakes. The report will be laid on Tuesdayand by Wednesday, we will approve it. The good thing is that it is the harmonised version (that will be laid). So, whatever is laid in the Senate will be laid in the House of Representatives, and it will be considered and passed the same time.”
The House of Representatives had defended the National Assembly’s failure to pass the 2018 Appropriation on Thursday as earlier planned. The House stated that some details of the N8.612tn budget had yet to be fine-tuned by the Joint Committee on Appropriations.
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