BY VICTOR BUORO, ABUJA – The Senate is set to pass the 2020 Appropriation Bill before the National Assembly on Thursday, December 5, 2019, President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan has announced.
Lawan, who stated this on Wednesday following the passage of the amendments of the Public Procurement Act, said the amendments would complement the 2020 budget.
Already, the report of the Senate Committee on Appropriations was laid before the upper chamber of the National Assembly on Wednesday by its Chairman, Senator Jibrin Barau.
Lawan also said that the Public Procurement amendment bill as passed by the Senate will be forwarded to the House of Representatives for concurrence.
According to him; “What we have done today is really to put the icing on the cake on what we are about to do tomorrow by the grace of God when we pass the 2020 budget.
“We have already passed the Finance bills that will ensure that we get the required revenue to implement the budget. The public procurement process in Nigeria has been a big bottleneck for some time, probably since it was passed.
“I believe that with this amendment, the procurement process will be faster and better, as will be the budget implementation process.
“Surely, this bill will have to go to the House of Representatives for them to concur. I had a discussion with the Hon Speaker, who said that they will concur with us before we go on the Christmas break. So, that we will give the executive all they would require for them to implement the 2020 budget successfully,” Lawan said.