Senate President Ahmed Lawan has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to submit the 2021 Appropriation Bill before the end of September 2020.
Lawan gave the deadline while referring the 2021-2023 Median Term Expenditure Framework and Fiscal Strategy Paper, which were submitted to lawmakers by Buhari on Tuesday to the relevant committees of the Senate for necessary legislative action.
The senate president stated that early submission would enable the National Assembly to complete necessary works and pass it before the end of December.
Naija News recalls that the Minister of Finance and Budget Planning, Zainab Ahmed, had revealed that Buhari had fixed September 2020 to present the 2021 budget to a joint session of the National Assembly.
Speaking at a meeting with the leadership of the National Assembly, Zainab said that Buhari had given directives for the Ministry to expedite action on next year’s budget estimates to enable him to present the 2021 budget by the end of September this year.
“This for us is a journey towards ensuring that the progress that we have made as a collective to return the fiscal year to January – December is maintained for the 2021 budget as well.
“The President has directed that we must deliver the budget to the National Assembly by the end of September,” the Finance Minister said