The Senate has said that it is not sure when the 2018 Appropriation Bill will be passed by the National Assembly. The budget had been presented to the lawmakers at a joint session of the National Assembly by resident Muhammadu Buhari on November 7, 2017.
Aliyu Sabi-Abdullahi, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, has said that he could not ascertain when the budgetary process would end. He said that he could not ascertain the level of response by the Federal Government’s Ministries, Departments and Agencies whose heads were accused of failing to turn up for budget defence sessions being held by relevant legislative committees.
The upper chamber of the National Assembly had decried that while the President had complied with the law by laying the 2018 Appropriation Bill along with details of estimates before the lawmakers, the agencies of the government had disregarded the law.
The lawmakers had also alleged that ministers and heads of Federal Government’s departments and agencies were frustrating legislative work on the budget proposals with their foreign trips and non-cooperation. However, Ben Akabueze, the Director-General, Budget Office of the Federation, denied the allegation, stating that the National Assembly already had enough details to work with and pass the Appropriation Bill.