Senate to consider Buhari’s N895.842bn supplementary budget Wednesday


President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has said that the upper chamber will tomorrow (Wednesday) consider President Muhammadu Buhari’s N895.842 billion supplementary budget request.

Lawan disclosed this on Tuesday during plenary after the Senate received the report of the Committee on Appropriation on the Supplementary Appropriation Bill, 2021.

The consideration of the request from the Executive by the Senate is an indication that the supplementary budget would be passed tomorrow.

The Appropriation Committee Chairman, Senator Jibrin Barau, had last week pleaded with the upper chamber to allow the Joint Committees of the Senate and House of Representatives to come up with a harmonised report on the supplementary appropriations bill to facilitate its eventual presentation today.

Senator Jibrin in keeping with his request for a time extension, finally laid the report on the supplementary Appropriation Bill, 2021, before the upper chamber during plenary on Tuesday.

President Buhari about two weeks ago transmitted a supplementary Appropriation Bill for N895.842,465,917 billion naira to the National Assembly for consideration and approval.

He explained that the proposed amount would be used to fund the COVID-19 vaccine programme; fund health-related expenditures for the treatment of additional 50,000 patients under the Nigeria Comprehensive AIDS Program in states; and procure additional equipment captured in this year’s capital expenditure on Defence and Security to tackle prevalent security challenges across the country.