By Ikechukwu Okaforadi, Musa Baba Adamu and Christiana Ekpa
The National Assembly will at a joint sitting of the Senate and the House of Representatives today receive in audience President Mohammadu Buhari to lay the N13.08 trillion 2021 budget under full Covid-19 protocols.
According to the Senate spokesman, Senator Surajudeen Ajibola Basiru, in a statement issued yesterday, the resolution was passed by the Senate at its plenary on Wednesday, stating that the joint session will hold as usual in the Chambers of the House of Representatives at 11am.
“Sitting arrangements in the Green Chambers, according to the Senate resolution will be in line with recommended social distancing protocols.
“The use of face masks will be compulsory to admit participants into the chamber and only members of the National Assembly and duly accredited members of the Executive accompanying Mr President and other relevant officials of the National Assembly will be allowed into the chamber.
“The resolution further stated that persons in the entourage of Mr President must be officers who have relevant functions and responsibilities related to the presentation of the appropriation bill.
“The Senate resolution added that the joint session will be an abridged one that will last for a maximum duration of one hour”, the statement said.