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Wednesday, 13 October 2021

Senate Suspends Plenary to Begin Budget Defense

***Adjourns till Nov. 9  h

The Senate on Wednesday adjourned plenary till November 9, 2021, to enable its Committees begin budget defense sessions with Ministries, Departments and Agencies. 


The upper chamber suspended sitting after concluding debate on the 2022 Appropriation Bill. 


Lawan, in his remarks moments before the chamber adjourned, tasked committees to thoroughly scrutinize budget estimates in the 2022 Appropriation Bill before the National Assembly. 


He said, “The Senate has hereby suspended plenary in order to consider the budget. 


“There will be budget defense from Monday until November 9, when we resume plenary. 


“Like we did before, we must remain very critical of the proposals presented to us by the executive arm of government.


“We must ensure equity in the distribution of projects. We must ensure economy in the application of funds. We must question any possible overpricing of items.


“[And] we should be able at the end of the day to have a budget that covers the interest of all the communities that we have in this and all parts of the country.”


Earlier, a total of 42 Senators took turns to make their contributions during the second and final day of debate on the 2022 Appropriation Bill. 

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