Senate to pass 2020 budget in December — Lawan

The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan on Friday, said that the Senate will pass the 2020 national budget before this year’s Christmas. He made the disclosure during an interview with newsmen shortly after he visited Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari at Government House.

Governor Masari’s Deputy, Alhaji Mannir Yakubu, the Secretary to the state government, Alhaji Mustapha Inuwa and other senior government officials were among those who welcomed the Senate President during the visit. The Senate President explained that the National Assembly was expecting the 2020 budget proposal from the executive next month (September) and that the ninth assembly would deliberate on and pass within two months.

Lawan maintained that the process would return Nigeria to the annual budget of January to December. The Senate President was accompanied on the visit by Senators representing Katsina South, Mallam Bello Mandiya and that of Katsina North, Senator Ahmad Babba Kaita, among others. The Senate President told journalists that he and his delegation had earlier paid Sallah homage to President Muhammadu Buhari in Daura. The Senate President along with Governor Masari, the Deputy Governor and Secretary to Katsina State Government later observed Jumma’at prayers at Modoji Mosque before departing for Abuja. Punch