By Bature Dan-Inni
The National Assembly has said that it is determined to pass the 2020 budget by next week Wednesday.
President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has said that both chambers of the National Assembly are ready to pass the 2020 budget by Wednesday.
Lawan gave the hint on Tuesday when a delegation from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) paid a courtesy visit to his office at the National Assembly, Abuja.
According to Lawan, the Senate and House Committees on Appropriation sought a one week extension to enable them conclude work on the report of the 2020 Appropriations Bill to be laid next Tuesday.
He said: “We want to pass the budget 2020 before the end of the year. Actually, today would have been the day for laying the budget, but our committees on appropriations sought for an extension by one week only.
“By Tuesday next week, we expect the budget 2020 to be laid before the two chambers of the National Assembly. It is our desire to pass the budget the following day Wednesday.
“So we are thinking the budget would be laid on the 3rd of December, and by 4th December (on Wednesday), the Senate and the House of Representatives should be able to pass the 2020 budget.”
The Senate President, in his welcome address, sought the partnership of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) with the National Assembly in ensuring accountability and transparency on the part of agencies tasked with revenue generation, collection and remittance.
“We need your support in the National Assembly. We have particularly three committees that require the kind of support that you will give.
Earlier in his speech, the President of ICAN and leader of the delegation, Mazi Nnamdi Okwuadigbo, urged the Senate to continue to facilitate the passage of bills that would promote professionalism, social, economic and human capital development.