2020 budget: Lawmakers set timetable for budget defence, task MDAs

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President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has stated the need for Nigeria to return to a January-December budget cycle, saying that the National Assembly would accelerate work on the 2020 Appropriation Bill being presented by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Lawan, in his opening address at the budget presentation ceremony, urged the ministries, departments and agencies of the Federal Government to turn up before National Assembly committees for the defence of their budget proposals in the bill.

Consequently, the Senate President that all budget defence sessions would be concluded in October, other legislative processes would be done on the bill in November, while the lawmakers had planned to pass the budget in December.