All things being equal, members of the National Assembly will pass the 2019 budget on Wednesday, April 17.
Findings showed the Appropriation Committees of the Senate and House of Representatives have been working round the clock to ensure the budget reports are submitted to the two chambers on Wednesday.
It was also learnt that the two chambers planned to submit the same budget report to avoid any form of harmonisation that will further delay the passage of the budget.
Senate President, Bukola Saraki, had on Tuesday April 9th given the sub-committees the Wednesday deadline to submit their budget reports to the Appropriations Committee.
Saraki also mandated the Appropriation Committee to submit its budget report on Thursday, April 11 for consideration and possible passage on Tuesday, April 16.
He warned the Appropriations Committee may be forced to use Executive submissions if the sub-committees failed to submit their reports to the Appropriations Committee by Wednesday.
The Senate President noted that out of 61 committees, only 24 committees submitted their reports.
Curiously, the budget item was not listed on Senate Order Paper on Thursday, April 11.
A competent source told our reporter on Tuesday that “the Appropriation Committee is already putting finishing touches to its budget report for submission to the Senate in plenary on Wednesday.”
The source added “barring any hiccup, the 2019 budget will be passed the same day.”