Senate Passes 2018 Budget


The Senate on Wednesday passed the 2018 Appropriation Bill. The passing of the budget follows the adoption of the report submitted by the joint National Assembly Committee on Appropriation on Tuesday.

''We have just passed the #Budget2018 with the stipulation that 1% of the CRF must be used to fund healthcare across the nation in the Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF).

''We promised, and we have delivered,'' Bukola Saraki, President of the Senate said.

Yusuf Lasun, Deputy Speaker of the House of Committee, who presided over Tuesday’s session had said the lawmakers will consider and pass the budget on Wednesday or Thursday.

President Muhammadu Buhari had presented the budget of N8.612trn to the parliament for passage in November 2017; but the National Assembly raised the estimate to N9.12trn. Lawmakers had blamed its delayed passage on the failure of some heads of government agencies to appear for budget defence.

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