The National Assembly will today, Saturday, 30th December, pass the 2024 Appropriation Bill at the plenary.
Both the Red and Green chambers will pass the harmonised 2024 budget as prepared by the National Assembly at their respective sittings.
In a statement by the Clerk to the Senate, Chinedu Akubueze, made available to newsmen on Saturday morning, said the plenary will now be held at 1pm prompt.
Akabueze said, “This is to kindly inform Distinguished Senators that the plenary sitting of the Senate, scheduled for Saturday, December 30th, 2023, will be held by 1 pm prompt.”
Similarly, the Clerk to the House of Representatives, Dr. Yahaya Danzaria corroborated his colleague at the Senate announcing that members would also sit by 1pm on Saturday.
His statement read, “Good morning. Please note that today’s plenary – 30th December 2023 – has been shifted upwards from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.”
Earlier, the Senate leader, Opeyemi Bamidele, said that all federal lawmakers would have to cut short their holidays to ensure speedy passage of the 2024 appropriations bill.
Providing further updates on the 2024 appropriation bill, the senate leader assured Nigerians that the National Assembly would pass the budget on 30th of December.
He said, “To ensure the passage of the budget, We abridged time to make all ministries, departments and agencies appear before the joint sitting of all the relevant committees of both the Senate and House of Representatives.
“This has already reduced the time for the budget defence process by half rather than appearing before the Senate first and House of Representatives later. The resolution has also removed the need for harmonisation. In essence, we have been able to save time.
“We have also been sitting beyond our regular sitting days. We have sat on Saturdays. We may even sit on Sunday as we are approaching another year. We only give ourselves three days to go home and celebrate Christmas.”
“We are reconvening on December 29. Our hope and determination is to pass by December 30. On January 1, 2024, Mr President will have the 2024 appropriation bill at his desk for assent so that its implementation can take off in earnest,” Bamidele explained.