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Senate to pass 2021 budget Monday

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THE National Assembly (NASS) yesterday announced that it would hold an emergency session on Monday, to consider and pass 2021 Appropriation Bill.

  The federal lawmakers also said they would proceed  with their Christmas and New Year break the same day.

  Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, announced the development during the plenary session of the upper chamber.

  According to Lawan, the delay was to accommodate fresh demands from the executive arm of government regarding the fiscal document.

  “There was a late request for some more expenditure from the executive arm of government and we want to ensure our committee produces a very clean document so they can’t present this report today. However, they (the committee) said the report would be ready by weekend. Consequently, the Senate will hold a special session on Monday, 21st of December, just to consider and pass the budget 2021. This is in keeping with our legislative agenda of ensuring that the annual budget has January to December cycle,” Lawan said.

  It will be recalled that the executive arm had on Tuesday, written NASS, demanding another review of 2020 Appropriation Act, with Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, specifically requesting NASS to extend the expiration date of the capital component of the 2020 budget.

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