NASS to pass 2021 budget in December – Lawan

The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan says the National Assembly would pass the 2021 budget of N13. 08 trillion by the second week of December.

Senator Lawan made this known while declaring open a retreat for members of National Assembly Management and National Assembly Service Commission (NASC) in Abuja on Friday.

According to the Senate President: “We are working to pass the 2021 budget by the second week of December and we are working very assiduously, we will ensure there is every possible scrutiny of the budget presented by the executive arm of government.

“So far, we achieved that in 2020 budget. We believe that we did the right thing, we promised Nigerians we will do that and it is going to be part of our legacy in the 9th National Assembly,” Lawan said.

The President of the Senate said that other critical areas that would be considered when the Upper Chamber resume on Nov. 24 ,was the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB).

“The PIB which is one of the most essential legislations to have in this country, we intend to pass it before the end of the second quarter of 2021″.

“And then again, we will take our time because this is a very delicate and sensitive piece of legislation”.

“We will ensure what comes out of the National Assembly in the PIB is a product of legislation that will ensure that Nigeria earns its revenues from the oil and gas, as it should”, he said.

He said that the two committees on Constitution amendment at the Senate and House of Representatives were already working behind the scene to ensure that the amendment was done in 2021.

Senator Lawan added that the amendment of the Electoral Act would also be done within 2021 in good time to prevent unnecessary distractions.

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