Abuja, March 15, 2017 (TNE): The Senate has given all standing committees one week to present and defend reports of the 2017 Budget of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) under them before the Committee on Appropriation.
The Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, issued the deadline at plenary on Tuesday and urged members to abide by the ultimatum for the appropriation committee to put finishing touches to the reports.
According to him, the senate is committed to passing the 2017 Budget before the end of March.
President Mohammadu Buhari presented the 2017 Appropriation Bill to the National Assembly on Dec. 14, 2016.
Meanwhile, the senate has sent a seven-member delegation to pay a condolence visit on the family of late former governor of old Bendel, Dr Samuel Ogbemudia.
Ekweremadu announced that senators from Edo, who wish to join the delegation, could do so.
Ogbemudia, former military governor of defunct Midwest region, defunct Bendel state and civilian governor also of Bendel, died on March 9 at a private hospital in Lagos, aged 84 years. (TNE)