On Sunday, the spokesman of the Senate, Senator Dayo Adeyeye, said the ongoing 2020 budget defence by Ministries, Departments and Agencies must stop today.
On October 14th 2019, the Senate President Ahmed Lawan stated that the Senate adjourned plenary to October 29 for the committees to work on the budget, he warned that any minister or head of agency that refuse to defend budget before the deadline would not be given the grace to do so.
Lawan said: “We have earmarked the month of October to be the sole window for all budget defence activities this year by all MDAs. In this regard, our committees will be expected to conclude their work on budget defence within October”.
“The subsequent necessary legislative work will be carried out in November and December leading to the eventual passage before the end of this year,”
Spokesman of the Senate, on Sunday altercate media reports, he said that the October 28 deadline for the budget defence had been moved.
“Majority of the MDAs, up to 80 to 85 percent, have done their defence, it’s just the remaining few.
“In fact, there is real cooperation between us and the MDAs as far as the budget defence is concerned. I don’t think there is any shift. If there is any shift, I will clarify with the chairman of the appropriation committee tomorrow (today).” he stated