By Godson Ikiebey-
The senate committee on appropriations has laid the 2019 budget report.
This was done on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 after a motion by Senator Danjuma Goje, chairman of the senate appropriation committee.
The report should have been laid on Thursday, April 11, 2019 but it was delayed because other standing committees had not submitted their report to the appropriation committee.
Senate President Bukola Saraki had given a deadline for the report to be laid last week Thursday and promised that the budget would be passed by April 16, 2019.
But the delay in laying the budget report affected the passage of the budget.
Last week, Senator Sunday Ogbuoji, vice-chairman of appropriations committee, said only 24 committees had submitted their reports. The senator said:
“We are still having some challenges with the sub-committees on appropriations because out of the 61 committees that we have, only about 24 committees have submitted their reports and we are unable to go ahead and write the appropriation report unless we get further directive from here”.
It is expected that the budget will be passed on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 when the senate reconvenes from the Easter break.
President Muhammadu Buhari presented the 2019 budget estimates to a joint session of the national assembly in December 2018.