OrderPaperToday – The Senate will on Tuesday 6th, July, 2021 consider the report of its Committee on Appropriation on the N895.84 billion supplementary budget proposed for the 2021 fiscal year by the executive.
The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, disclosed this during plenary on Wednesday following a request by the Chairman of the Committee, Senator Jibrin Barau (APC, Kano), for time to allow the Joint Committees of the Senate and House of Representatives come up with a harmonised report on the supplementary budget bill.
Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari last week requested the approval of National Assembly on a supplementary appropriations bill for N895.842,465,917 billion.
Senator Barau, who came under order 43 of the Senate Rule on Personal Explanation, sought the approval of the upper chamber for more time to enable the Appropriations Joint Committee of the Senate and House of Representatives harmonise their reports on the supplementary budget request for presentation next week Tuesday.
He said: “I was directed to submit the report of the 2021 Supplementary Appropriations Bill to this Senate today.
“I wish to tell this distinguished Senate that my committee went with that directive, and we have concluded our work on the bill.
“However, Mr. President, we are yet to harmonise our position with that of the House of Representatives.
“The meeting to harmonise our position with the House of Representatives is tomorrow.
“We hope that we are going to finish with them, harmonise and have the same position so as to have a seamless supplementary approval process within the National Assembly.
“Therefore, Mr. President, I’m requesting that the Senate should show understanding because of this development and allow us to lay the report on Tuesday. I so submit, Sir.”
Responding, the Senate President advised that the committee should remain concerned with strict consideration of whatever the executive side of government has brought as request in the supplementary budget.
“Leave no stone unturned in considering the issues item-by-item, then we unfailingly receive the report and consider it on Tuesday”, he stated.