By Ikechukwu Okaforadi and Musa Adamu
The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, yesterday directed the chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriation, Danjuma Goje, to unfailingly submit the report of the 2018 budget next week before the senate for consideration.
Consideration of the 2018 budget estimates by both Chambers of the National Assembly after its presentation on the 7th of November, 2017 by President Muhammadu Buhari , has been at committee level since December last year.
But the Senate President ordered that the appropriation committee should tidy up reports from such committees latest by Friday this week for submission to the Senate next week.
“The Chairman Appropriation should please ensure that by Friday this week, collections of reports from various committees end.
“There should be no more extension for that purpose because the appropriation committee itself, must submit its report to the Senate unfailingly next week,” he said.
Saraki’s directive was sequel to earlier announcement made on the floor of the Senate via a letter by the Chairman of the Appropriation Committee, Senator Danjuma Goje (APC Gombe Central), extending time for submission of reports by the various committees to Friday.
The two chambers of the National Assembly had before embarking on the Easter break on Thursday, March 29th, 2018 fixed April 24 for passage of the budget.