Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has announced that the upper legislative chamber will consider President Muhammadu Buhari’s request for N895.842bn supplementary budget.
Lawan made the disclosure during Tuesday’s plenary after the Senate received the report of the Committee on Appropriation on the Supplementary Appropriation Bill, 2021.
The Senate’s consideration of the request from the Executive is an indication that the supplementary budget would be passed tomorrow.
The Appropriation Committee Chairman, Senator Jibrin Barau, had last week pleaded with the upper chamber to allow the Joint Committees of the Senate and House of Representatives come up with a harmonised report on the supplementary appropriations bill to facilitate its eventual presentation.
Senator Jibrin in keeping with his request for time extension, finally laid the report on the supplementary Appropriation Bill, 2021, before the upper chamber during plenary on Tuesday.
President Buhari about two weeks ago transmitted a supplementary Appropriation Bill for N895.842,465,917bn to the National Assembly for consideration and approval.
He explained that the proposed amount would be used to fund the COVID-19 vaccine programme; fund health related expenditures for treatment of additional 50,000 patients under the Nigeria Comprehensive AIDS Program in states; and procure additional equipment captured in this year’s capital expenditure on Defence and Security to tackle prevalent security challenges across the country.