The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, has commended the efforts of lawmakers in working assiduously to ensure that the country pulled through 2020, a year he described as trying and challenging.
In an address to wind down the activities of the House for the year during a special plenary convened yesterday in Abuja, the speaker cited the coronavirus pandemic as a phenomenon that altered all calculations in 2020 and put the capacities of nations to whither the storm to test.
The session was convened to pass the 2021 budget and close the activities of the House for the Christmas and New Year break. Gbajabiamila recalled how the House responded quickly to the pandemic by not only initiating legislative interventions, but also giving necessary backing to executive proposals aimed at taming the deadly virus.
He said: “Today, we passed the budget in the House of Representatives in good time to maintain the January to December budget cycle in line with the commitments we made when we resumed office. “The January to December budget cycle is necessary to ensure effective implementation of our annual budgets to meet our nation’s development chal-