Senate President Bukola Saraki on Tuesday gave the Senate Appropriation Committee until Thursday to submit its report on the 2019 budget.
Speaking on the floor of the chambers, Saraki said the budget report must be presented on Thursday, April 11, ahead of the April 16 approval of the money bill.
The Vice Chairman of the Appropriations committee, Sunny Ogbuoji informed the Senate that only 24 out of 61 sub-committees had submitted their reports.
Reacting to Ogbuoji’s comment, the Senate President said the Appropriations committee will be forced to use Executive submissions if the sub-committees fail to present their reports to the committee.
Saraki said: “It is unfortunate that only 24 committees have submitted their reports. Last week, we all took a decision here that we are not going to waiver on our position. Our position is very clear: that all committees should submit (their budget reports). And those that don’t submit, then the Appropriations Committee should use the Executive submission.
“That position is still where we are. And I want to appeal to all our committees that you really have just till tomorrow (Wednesday) to make sure that your reports get to the Appropriations Committee because Thursday, you must lay this report.
“Vice Chairman of Appropriations Committee, if you don’t get the report from our committees by tomorrow (Wednesday), then you just use the submission of the Executive. But come Thursday, you must lay that report.” Says Senate President.