2018 budget: Senate receives report, eyes Thursday for passage into law

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The Nigerian Senate
The Nigerian Senate

The Senate on Tuesday received the report of Committee on Appropriation on the 2018 budget estimates.

Recall that the Senate spokesman, Aliyu Sabi, had last week said the budget report would be laid Tuesday, while it would be considered and debated on Wednesday and passed on Thursday.

The Chairman of the committee, Danjuma Goje, laid the report before the Senate in plenary, six months after it was presented by President Muhammadu Buhari.

There were equally assurances that the budget would be passed in the first week of May but it was not passed.

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The Senate had on several occasions accused Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs, of not keeping to appointments with the various standing committees to defend their budgets.

Subsequently, the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, on April 12, mandated the Appropriation Committee to tidy up reports on the budget latest by April 13.

With this development, the January to December budget cycle would not be obtainable with the 2018 budget.

President Buhari had on November 7, 2017 presented a budget of N8.6 trillion before  a joint session of the National Assembly.

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The president who announced the 2018 budget as “Budget of Consolidation”, said the projected expenditure would drive rapid economic recovery.

He said at the session that with a benchmark of 45 dollars per barrel at an exchange rate of N305 to a dollar in 2018, the budget would consolidate on the achievements of previous budgets to aggressively steer the economy to the path of steady growth.

NAN