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Senate President gives MDAs one-week ultimatum to defend budget proposals

Senate President Ahmad Lawan has given a one-week ultimatum to Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of the Federal Government yet to appear before relevant Committees to defend their budget proposal for 2022, to do so or risk zero allocation in the coming year.

The Senate President gave the ultimatum in an announcement moments before the upper chamber adjourned plenary, on Tuesday.

According to him, the one-week extension would allow relevant Committees to conclude work on the budget estimates of MDAs for scheduled presentation to the Committee on Appropriations.

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According to the Senate Committee, “A one week deadline is hereby given for all MDAs to defend their budget.

“And if there are any MDAs not able to do so, they should forget about it because from this week, our Committees would start defending or presenting their budget defense results with the Committee on Appropriations.

“So, we give more time to our Committees, so that they are able to engage with the MDAs.

“When we close at 1pm today, we expect that the Committees will go and continue with those issues that have not been sorted out,” the Senate President said.