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Senate steps down 2017 budget

ADEKUNLE ADESUJI, ABUJA

 Senate on Thursday stepped down presentation of the report of senate Committee on Appropriation on the 2017 budget few hours to expiration of 2016 appropriation budget.

2016 Appropriation budget will be expired on May 5.

However, at the Thursday plenary session, Senate Leader, ‎Ahmad Lawan, told his colleagues that the 2017 budget report will be received by next week.

Senate leader stated this when the joint committees of Senate on Appropriation and Finance failed to present its report as scheduled in the order paper.

Lawan explained that he was nformed that the joint committees were meeting with their counterparts in the House of Representatives to harmonise the report.

He said: “They are meeting with the house committee on appropriation to cross the Ts and dot the Is of the 2017 budget by harmonising and I have also been informed that by the grace of God, the budget 2017 will be laid on Tuesday.

“Having said this, distinguished colleagues, I will move that we stand down the presentation of this report to Tuesday the next legislative day.”

In his remarks, Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, said the Senate and the House were putting final touches to the report so that the national assembly could transmit the same document to President Muhammadu Buhari for assent.

It would be recalled that President Buhari in December 2016 presented N7.298 trillion budget proposal to National Assembly.

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