After 6 Months Delay, Senate to Present Budget Report

Nigeria parliament raises 2018 budget to a record N9.1 trillion

Nigeria parliament raises 2018 budget to a record N9.1 trillion

The new figure has a difference of about N508bn, up from the N8.612tn presented by President Muhammadu Buhari on November 7, 2017.

Report of the 2018 Appropriation Bill was laid today at the Senate by Chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, Mr Danjuma Goje.

In a telephone chat with LEADERSHIP yesterday, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi disclosed that the senate's target is to have the budget laid at the plenary this week.

The six months the 2018 budget estimates has spent in the National Assembly has been the longest period for consideration of an appropriation bill so far since year 2000 when a full fledged yearly budget was first presented to it.

The National Assembly has increased the amount of the 2018 budget to N9.120 trillion from N8.612 trillion.


Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had previously reported that Nigerian Senate rescheduled its planned deliberations on the proposed 2018 budget submitted by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Also, the budget has just been laid before the House of Representatives by the Appropriations Committee.

The MDAs on the other hand accused the federal lawmakers of demanding bribes as conditions for passing the 2018 budget. "Our cooperation should not be misread as weakness or not knowing what to do".

"If after the one-week and they don't, then we will take necessary actions to show that they need to comply with the law".

The Senate and House of Representatives had promised to pass the budget on April 24, but failed to do so.

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