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Not Appointing Ministers Yet, Won’t Affect 2020 Budget, Says Lawan

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Senate President Ahmad Lawan has reassured Nigerians that delay in appointment of ministers will not affect the presentation of the 2020 budget.

The Yobe state born lawmaker made this known while speaking with state house correspondents after a meeting with the president on Wednesday.

President Muhammadu Buhari has yet to assemble his cabinet almost two months after inauguration, leading to speculation that the delay could affect the 2020 budget.

Ahmed Lawan Senate President
Ahmed Lawan Senate President

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

“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,” Lawan said.

“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.”

Recall that it took President Muhammadu Buhari over six months to name his ministers during his first term in office

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