Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has accused 20 sub-committees of the Senate of deliberately delaying the passage of the 2018 Appropriation Bill.
He warned the committees against continuing holding Nigerians to ransom, by refusing to submit their report on the 2018 budget estimates to the appropriation committee.
Saraki, expressing concern over the development, directed the 20 committees to submit the reports immediately.
The Senate President listed the 20 sub-committees as defence, army, air force, navy, industry, FCT, states and local governments, as well as, culture and tourism.
Others are the petroleum (downstream), petroleum (upstream), Niger Delta, sustainable development goals, and primary health care & communicable diseases, health, capital market, tertiary institutions and TETFUND, FERMA, works, power, in addition to cooperation and integration committees.
President Muhammadu Buhari submitted the 2018 appropriation bill to the National Assembly on November 7, 2017, with a plea to the lawmakers to ensure its passage, latest by January 2018.