Contrary to its promise, the National Assembly could not pass the 2023 budget on Thursday and has postponed the passage of the 2023 Appropriation Bill.
However, Ahmad Lawan, Senate President attributed the development to the required long time to cleaning the draft proposal, among other factors.
He said the Committees on Appropriation from both chambers couldn’t meet up with the submission of the report for consideration and passage on Thursday.Lawan said irreconcilable figures were detected in the bill by the appropriation committees of both chambers and the process of cleaning the errors lasted till Wednesday.
“The two chambers have to harmonise the copy to be able to present the report for passage by both chambers,” he said.
Lawan blamed the executive arm of government for submitting the budget proposal late and “when it was laid, it came with errors”.He, however, assured that the implementation of the proposed budget will still commence on January.