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Saraki Gives Ultimatum For 2018 Budget Submission

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Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has given the Appropriation Committee a deadline of Friday, April 13 to tidy up reports on the 2018 Budget, so it can be submitted to the Senate next week.

This he said before suspending the plenary in honour of the senator, who died during the Easter break, late Sen. Mustapha Bukar who died on April 7.

Consideration of the 2018 Budget of N8.612 trillion by both Chambers of the National Assembly after its presentation on November 7, 2017 by President Muhammadu Buhari had been at committee levels since December last year.

The Chairman Appropriation should please ensure that by Friday this week collections of reports from various committees end.

“There should be no more extension for that purpose because the appropriation committee itself must submit its report to the Senate unfailingly next week,” he said.

Saraki’s declaration came in sequel to earlier announcement through a letter by the Chairman of the Appropriation Committee, Danjuma Goje who extended the time for submission of reports by the various committees to Friday.

The two chambers of the National Assembly had before embarking on the Easter break on March 29 fixed April 24 for the passage of the budget.

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