Speaking in Abuja upon his return from his short break lawan said
“We are hopeful and optimistic, as well as hungry and thirsty, to receive the 2020 appropriations bill,” Lawan told reporters shortly on his arrival from a private visit abroad.
Lawan seized the advantage of the National Assembly current recess to travel on a private visit to Morocco and Germany.
“I am aware that the executive arm of government is working assiduously to ensure that the appropriation bill for the year 2020 is presented to the National Assembly by the end of this month.
“The National Assembly will work so hard to ensure that the 2020 budget is passed before we go on Christmas break,” Lawan said.
The Senate President said the budget is one issue that the National Assembly will take head-on to ensure that the undesirable trend of the budget is reversed.
“We believe this can be achieved, as doing so would make the economy better and predictable.
“We also think an early passage of the 2020 appropriations bill will have a desirable impact on Nigerians,” Lawan said.
Lawan also said the ninth National Assembly would work assiduously with the executive arm of government to improve the security situation of the country.
The Senate, he added, will also evaluate the crisis that affected Nigerians living in South Africa.
“In the eighth Senate, we had an Ad-Hoc Committee that I was privileged to chair, to review the security architecture of the country. We are going to look into that report, and in addition, other contemporary issues that affect security in the country.
“We are also going to look into the crisis that affected Nigerians living in South Africa.
“You recall that this issue was reviewed before we went on recess. The Senate felt as an institution that our citizens’ diplomacy must be protected where ever they go in the world.
Source: Naija News