Senate shifts consideration on MTEF, 2018 budget bills

Senate vote against devolution of powers to States

The Senate has postponed its scheduled debate and consideration of the 2018-2020 Medium Term Expenditure Framework and Fiscal Strategy Bill.

The bill which stipulates the parameter, upon which the national budget is based, is scheduled for debate and consideration on Thursday.

Finance, appropriation and national planning committee chairman, John Enoh, however, told the plenary that the debate could not hold, due to some discrepancies in the bill.

He said the committee needs to further consult on some of the matters in the bill with the joint committee of the House of Representatives.

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, directed the committee to present the document on Wednesday, next week.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Senate said it doubts the passage of the 2018 appropriation bill in January 2018.

Senate spokesman, Aliyu Abdullahi, who gave this indication, while speaking to newsmen in Abuja, accused top executives of critical federal agencies invited by the senate committee last Tuesday, to discuss the revenue projection of the proposed Medium Term Expenditure Framework, of shunning the invitation.

He listed the executives as including, the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Comptroller General of Nigeria Customs Service, Group Managing Director of NNPC, Director General of National Bureau of Statistics and the Director, Department of Petroleum Resources.

The Senate spokesman said the subordinates sent by the top executives to the session, could not provide questions being asked by senators, while some of them did not bother to send any representatives.

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