Meanwhile, the Senate also yesterday directed its Appropriations Committee headed by Senator Danjuma Goje (Gombe Central) to submit the 2019 budget report by tomorrow.
Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, gave the directive after the submission of the Vice Chairman of the Appropriations Committee, Senator Sunny Ogbuoji (Ebonyi South) who disclosed that only 24 out of 61 sub-committees had submitted their reports as at yesterday.
Ogbuoji said: “We are still having some challenges with the subcommittees on Appropriation because out of the 61 committees that we have, only about 24 committees have submitted their reports. And we are not able to go ahead and write the Appropriations report unless we get further directive from here. Our request would have been that we be allowed to now prepare this report even on behalf of the committees that have not submitted their reports.”
Saraki, thereafter, insisted that the budget report must be presented on Thursday ahead of the April 16 approval of the budget.
According to him, the Appropriations panel will be forced to use Executive submissions if the sub-committees fail to submit their reports to the Appropriations Committee by today.
He said: “It is unfortunate that only 24 committees have submitted their reports. Last week, we all took a decision here that we are not going to waiver on our position. Our position is very clear: that all committees should submit (their budget reports). And those that don’t submit, then the Appropriations Committee should use the Executive submission.
“That position is still where we are. And I want to appeal to all our committees that you really have just till tomorrow (Wednesday) to make sure that your reports get to the Appropriations Committee because Thursday, you must lay this report.
“Vice Chairman of Appropriations Committee, if you don’t get report from our committees by tomorrow (Wednesday), then you just use the submission of the Executive. But come Thursday, you must lay that report.”
President Muhammadu Buhari had on December 19, 2018 submitted a N8.83 trillion budget proposal for 2019 to a joint session of the National Assembly on December 19, 2018.
Senate Confirms Tarfa as North-East Development Commission Chairman
Meanwhile, the upper legislative chamber yesterday confirmed the nomination of former military governor of Oyo State, Major-General of Paul Tarfa (rtd), as Chairman of the North-East Development Commission (NEDC).
Also confirmed are 10 other nominees of the president as members of the governing board of the commission.
Their confirmation followed the consideration of the report of the Senator Abdulaziz Nyako-led Committee on Special Duties that screened the nominees by the Committee of the Whole.
The confirmed NEDC board members include Mohammed Alkali, MD/CEO; Musa Yashi, ED, Humanitarian Services; Muhammed Jawa, ED, Admin and Finance; Omar Mohammed, ED, Operation; and Mr Obasuke Mcdonald (South-south).
Others are Asmau Mohammed (North-west), Hon David Kente (North-east), Hon. Benjamin Adanyi (North-central), Hon. Olawale Oshun (South-west) and Dr. T. Ekechi (South-east).