SENATE WILL START CONSIDERING 2018 BUDGET NEXT WEEK
The Senate has assured that it would begin the consideration of the general principles of the 2018 budget proposal next week.
Making the announcement, at the commencement of Thursday’s plenary, Senate President Bukola Saraki, called on his colleagues who intend to make contributions to write their names.
He said the debate would commence on Wednesday, November 22, and end on Thursday, November 23. After the debate, while the budget would be committed to the Senate committee on Appropriation, chaired by Senator Danjuma Goje.
Speaking shortly after the plenary, Senate Spokesperson, Senator Sabi Abdullahi, who represents Niger North, gave other details on consideration of the general principles of the 2018 fiscal estimates.
President Muhammadu Buhari had recently presented to the joint session of the National Assembly the 2018 Budget proposal to the tune of N8.612 trillion, an increase of 16 percent above the 2017 Budget.
The 2018 Budget proposal is the third one to be debated by the 8th Senate after its inauguration in June, 9 2015.
SENATE RECANTS DECISION TO APPEAL RULING, RECALLS SENATOR
Senate on Tuesday has resolved that the suspended Senator Ali Ndume be allowed to resume plenary on Wednesday 15th November, 2017.
The decision was announced by the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu after a close door session.
Senate had said it would appeal the Federal High Court judgement which ruled in Ndume’s favour on Friday, 10th November, 2017.
“Distinguished colleagues, after a close door session, the Senate resolved that Senator Ali Ndume should resume session tomorrow, Wednesday 15th November, 2017”, DSP said.
Former Senate leader, Ali Ndume was early in the year suspended for six months.
While serving the suspension, he sued the Senate and won.
Reacting to the court’s verdict, Ndume noted that the Senate erred because it lacked the right to suspend a member more than two weeks, “which is what our rules say.”
“So where they got the power to suspend me for six months was what I approached the court to seek declaration.
“The court has so declared that it was not right and it was illegal”.