President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, has said the Committee on Appropriations is expected to present a harmonised report on the 2018 Appropriation Bill next week.
Sequel to this, the Senate committees have been given till Friday to present their reports on the 2018 budget proposal by the Federal Government’s Ministries, Departments and Agencies.
Saraki made the announcement at the plenary on Tuesday after reading a letter from the Chairman, Senate Committee on Appropriations, Senator Danjuma Goje, who asked the standing committees to submit their reports to his committee for compilation and harmonisation.
The letter read in part, “Final announcement: Appropriation sub-committees are hereby informed that the submission and defence of budget report has been extended to Friday, 13th of April, 2018.
Please note that there will be no further extension of time, as the committee will take appropriate decisions on the budgets of the MDAs.” In his remark, the Senate President said, “Distinguished colleagues, particularly chairmen, just to re-echo this communication from the chairman of Appropriations, Friday is the deadline. And chairman of Appropriations, you must submit your report to us next week.
So, by Friday, there cannot be further extension.” “All the chairmen of committees that have still not submitted their reports, after Friday, Appropriations must not take any report from any chairman; just go ahead and do your report, and bring it before us by next week.”