Lawan, Gbaja meet Finance Minster over 2020 budget amendment

The leadership of the National Assembly, yesterday,  met with the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed over the plans by the Federal Government to amend the N10.59 trillion 2020 budget passed by the apex Assembly in December last year. The meeting, which had in attendance principal officers from both chambers, was presided over by the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila. The Senate President, in his address of welcome, told the Executive arm of Government to…

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Budget: Senate knocks 2018 Appropriation Bill

CHUKWU DAVID reports on the Senate’s criticism of the 2018 Appropriation Bill, which it described as unrealistic and unimplementable   There were signals that the 2018 Appropriation Bill was going to face serious challenges in its process of passage, even before President Muhammadu Buhari laid the fiscal proposals to a Joint Session of the National Assembly on November 7, 2017. For instance, the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) with the Fiscal Strategy Paper (FSP), which provides basis for various assumptions and projections in annual budget of the Federation, was not…

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