BREAKING: Buhari picks October 7 to present N19.76trn 2023 Budget to National Assembly

President Muhammadu Buhari has picked Friday, October 7, 2022, to present the N19.76trn 2023 budget to the joint session of the National Assembly.

This was contained in a letter by the President which is addressed to the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, and read at the commencement of plenary on Tuesday, October 4, 2022.

According to the letter, the budget presentation will take place at 10:00 am at the temporary chamber of the House of Representatives.

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Senate President said arrangements had been made to accommodate all members of the National Assembly and the president’s entourage.

Recall that both the Senate and House of Representatives chambers are undergoing renovation, causing the relocation of the federal lawmakers to makeshift chambers.

The National Assembly complex is long due for general maintenance. In 2021, the flooding of the parliament’s White House after a downpour caught headlines.

There had been concerns that the incident, which many described as “national embarrassment”, happened despite the billions of naira voted for the general maintenance of the National Assembly complex handled by the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA), an agency under the FCT.

There was public outrage in early 2020 over the approval of N37bn for the renovation of the complex. Also, out of the parliament’s N134bn budget in 2021, N9.134bn was earmarked for general service. 

Though it was not immediately clear the costs of the renovation project, it was gathered that it was far less N37 billion. The renovation work, according to the contractors, would last 16 months, with alternative arrangement in place for plenary.

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