Senate resumes plenary, gives Nov. 27 as deadline for submission of budget defence


The Senate on Tuesday mandated the committees who have yet to submit reports on budget defence for Ministries, Departments and Agencies  (MDAs) to do so on or before Nov. 27 to the Committee on Appropriation for harmonisation.

It disclosed that 22 committees had yet to meet the Nov.18 deadline earlier slated for the submission of reports.

The senate said this had affected its ability to complete legislative works on the 2021 Appropriation Bill.

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan gave the directive when the Senate resumed plenary after it suspended sittings on Oct. 20 to allow committees conduct defense on the 2021 budget of Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

Senate also at plenary considered for first reading five bills.

The bills are 2020 FCT Appropriation Act Repeal and Re-enactment Bill, 2020 by Sen. Abdullahi Yayaya (APC Kebbi ), Animal Disease Control Act Repeal and Re-enactment Bill, 2020 by Sen. Abdullahi Yayaya (APC Kebbi), Federal College of Medical Sciences Nasarawa-Egon, Nasarawa State Bill, 2020 by Sen. Akwashiki Godiya (APC Nasarawa).

Others are FCT School of Nursing and Midwifery Abuja Establishment Bill, 2020 by Sen. Musa Sani (APC Niger) and Insurance Act Amendment Bill, 2020 by Sen. Amosun Ibikunle (APC Ogun). (NAN)

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