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Buhari may sign 2020 budget on Tuesday

The PUNCH reported National Assembly’s source on Sunday said that the Presidency had invited the leadership of the federal parliament to the budget-signing ceremony at the Presidential Villa.

An official, who is close to one of the presiding officers, told our correspondent on condition of anonymity that President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan; and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, among others, had been invited to witness the signing of the budget.

The source said, “We have a notice from the Presidency to be at the Presidential Villa on Tuesday to witness the signing of the budget. The date and time may change but I have it on good authority that the ceremony is billed for Tuesday.”

The Senate and the House of Representatives had on December 5, 2019, concurrently passed the 2020 Appropriation Bill, raising the total estimates from the proposed N10.33tn to about N10.6tn.

The National Assembly had put a clause in the bill that the budget should run from January 1, 2020, bringing Nigeria back to a January-December budget cycle.

Of the new total sum of N10,594,362,364,830, the parliament raised statutory transfers from the proposed N556.7bn to N560,470,827,235; raised debt service from N2.45tn to N2,725,498,930,000; reduced recurrent (non-debt) expenditure from N4.88tn to N4,842,974,600,640; and increased development fund for capital expenditure from N2.14tn to N2,465,418,006,955.

As part of the N264bn increment, the National Assembly raised its own budget from N125bn to N128bn.

The National Assembly had on Friday transmitted the national budget to the Presidency.

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