President of the Nigerian Senate, Ahmad Lawan says the National Assembly will ensure the passage of the nation’s appropriation bill within three months of its submission by the Executive arm of government.
Lawan stated this while answering questions from State House correspondents in Abuja.
He, however, expressed the hope that the executive would always ensure early submission of the budget enable the assembly deliberate and pass it in good time.
“Well, this is a crucial thing that worries everyone, every Nigerian wants to see the National Assembly passes the budget in good time and what we have in mind we’ve campaigned with that and it’s something both of us in the National Assembly have bought into – that we’ll pass the budget within three months. “But I want to say here that it takes two sides of government to pass the budget in good time.
“I am sure that the executive side of the government would like to present the budget before the National Assembly in good time – in September or early October.
“We in the National Assembly will ensure that we carry out the budget defense and do the remaining parts of the processes and before we leave for Christmas break, the budget would have been passed and Mr President would have the budget before him to assent,’’ he said.
Speaking further, the senate president said, “We are in a hurry, we are thirsty to perform, we want to support Mr President, we want to see Mr President achieve those legacies dreams that he has and we are going to work full course and full time to ensure that we give him the maximum support that he requires.’’