Ministerial list won’t affect 2020 budget – Lawan

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Buhari issues new official portrait

AS FEARS mount over possible consequences of President Muhammadu Buhari’s delay to forward list of his ministerial nominees to Senate, the upper chamber has indicated that  the situation will not affect preparation, presentation and passage of 2020 Appropriations Bill.

Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, gave the indication at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, yesterday, while addressing State House correspondents after a closed-door meeting he had with President Buhari in company of Speaker of House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila.

Promising senate’s readiness to confirm presidential nominations in record time, as opposed to previous system,  Lawan explained that budget is usually prepared by civil servants and as long as it comes in by September, it will be passed early December before presidential assent by January to finish its January – December lifecycle.

According to him, the nation has nothing to fear.

“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,” Lawan said.

In a related development, President Muhammadu Buhari has approved his new official portrait for display in all public offices, buildings and for other legitimate purposes.

A statement signed by Permanent Secretary of General Services Office in the Office of Secretary to Government of the Federation (OSGF), Olusegun Adekunle directed all Ministries, Departments, Agencies of government, Sub-national entities, businesses, and the public to obtain a soft copy of the portrait from either office of Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Information and Culture or office of Director of Information, OSGF.

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