OrderPaperToday – The Senate has extended the implementation year of the 2021 Appropriation Act from 31st March to 31st May 2022.

The extension was approved following the consideration of a ‘Bill To Amend The 2021 Appropriation Act.’

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Prior to its consideration of the bill, the Red Chamber suspended Rule 78 (1) of the Senate Standing Orders 2022 (as amended), to enable the Upper Chamber to expeditiously introduce and pass the bill. 

The bill for extension presented by the Senate Leader, Yayaha Abdullahi (APC, Kebbi North) was read on Tuesday for the first, second, and third time after the suspension of Rule 78 (1).

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Leading debate on the bill, the Senate Leader recalled that prior Appropriation Acts in the past were passed mid-year, with their implementation usually extended to the following year.

The Kebbi lawmaker noted that in previous Appropriation Acts, these extensions were usually covered by a clause, in line with the provisions of Section 318 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, that the Act runs for a period of 12 months, starting from the date it comes into effect.

He, however, observed on the contrary that Clause 12 of the provisions of Section 318 of the Constitution provides that the 12 month period starts from the 1st day of January to the 31st day of December 2021.

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Senator Abdullahi explained that the extension of the budget period became imperative in view of the need to round up ongoing projects nearing completion. 

Senator Smart Adeyemi, in his contributions, said that the amendment is desired to ensure that it would impact positively on the lives of Nigerians are completed.

“This government when it came to power, did what was a bit unusual. It went ahead to complete inherited major projects and that is why this amendment is desired to ensure that those projects that were captured in the 2021 budget are also completed. 

Mr. President, it’s desirable to extend the 2021 Appropriation Bill so that the projects can be completed,” he added.

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