Buhari’s new ministers: Senate President, Lawan speaks on delay affecting 2020 budget

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has assured that President Muhammadu Buhari’s delay in appointing ministers won’t in any way affect the presentation of the 2020 budget.

He gave the assurance while addressing State House Correspondents after a meeting he and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila had with Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Wednesday.

Stating that budgets were usually prepared by civil servants, Lawan said if the 2020 budget was presented before the senate by September, it will be passed by the first or second week in December.

He said: “I think there is nothing to worry us deeply. The budget itself is normally prepared by civil servants – the permanent secretaries superintend and the directors will work most of the time.

“I believe that we are still on course and I believe both the executive and the legislature are on the same page on this, we desire and are prepared and determined to pass the budget by the first or second week of December by the grace of God, provided it is presented to us by the end of September.”

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