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NASS to pass 2021 budget in December: Lawan

The Senate President said constitution review is next on the agenda of the National Assembly.

• November 20, 2020
Ahmad Lawan
Senate President, Ahmad Lawan (Credit: Twitter)

The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan says the National Assembly will pass the 2021 budget of N13. 08 trillion by the second week of December.

Mr. Lawan made this known while declaring open a retreat for members of National Assembly Management and National Assembly Service Commission (NASC) in Abuja on Friday.

The Senate had in October, adjourned plenary for budget defence by Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

“We are working to pass the 2021 budget by the second week of December and we are working very assiduously, we will ensure there is every possible scrutiny of the budget presented by the executive arm of government.

“So far, we achieved that in 2020 budget. We believe that we did the right thing, we promised Nigerians we will do that and it is going to be part of our legacy in the 9th National Assembly,” Mr. Lawan said.

The President of the Senate said that other critical areas that will be considered when the Upper Chamber resume on November 24.

“As soon as we pass the budget, the Constitution amendment activities will start in earnest.

“We believe that we should pass our amendments within 2021,” he said.

Lawan added that the amendment of the Electoral Act will also be done within 2021 in good time to prevent unnecessary distractions.

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