Delay in ministerial appointment will not affect 2020 budget – Lawan


Senate President Ahmad Lawan has assured that the delay in appointment of ministers will not affect the presentation of the 2020 budget.

Lawan said while fielding questions from journalists after he and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila met with President Buhari at the Presidential villa in Abuja on Wednesday.

When asked about the feasibility of the January-December budget cycle considering the Presidents delay in appointing a cabinet, Lawan said the 2020 budget could could be ready for presidential assent in January 2020 if presented before the Senate on time.

He said budgets are usually prepared by civil servants, adding that if the 2020 budget is presented before the senate by September, it will be passed by the first or second week in December.

“I think there is nothing to worry us deeply. The budget itself is normally prepared by civil servants – the permanent secretaries superintend and the directors will work most of the time,” Lawan said.

“I believe that we are still on course and I believe both the executive and the legislature are on the same page on this, we desire and are prepared and determined to pass the budget by the first or second week of December by the grace of God, provided it is presented to us by the end of September.”



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