The consideration of the revised 2020 Appropriation Bill of N10.51 trillion suffered setback within the Senate on Tuesday.
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Appropriations, Senator Barau Jibrin, mentioned the panel was not prepared to lay the report as listed on the day’s Order Paper.
According to Jibrin, the non-inclusion of the total quantity of N500billion proposed COVID-19 intervention fund delayed the printing of the report.
He informed the Senate that of the N500billion solely N314billiion was captured within the revised appropriation invoice leaving out a steadiness of N186billion.
He mentioned even though the Committee drew the eye of the Budget Office and the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning to the anomaly, they failed to rectify the oversight with a letter as agreed with them.
Jibrin mentioned: “The report on the revised 2020 budget shouldn’t be prepared due to the N500 billion proposed intervention fund in respect of the COVID-19 pandemic, solely N314 billion is definitely captured on the budget leaving N186 billion that has to do with the well being sector.
“In the precise reality, it’s captured within the MTEF however of the N500 billion captured within the MTEF solely N314billion is captured within the Bill itself.
“What has not been captured has to do with the well being sector however it’s core. It is prime to that intervention.
“So we had to draw the eye of the Budget Office and certainly the Minister to this apparent error.
“In that course of, we sat with the DG (Director General) Budget Office who was insisting that they thought that because the full quantity was captured within the MTEF, there was no want for it to be captured within the full budget.
“But we mentioned no, that will be in opposition to Section 80 and 81 of the Constitution. Every kobo should be captured within the Bill.
“So we positioned a name to the minister and defined to the minister that there’s a want to truly replicate the total quantity within the budget and that there’s want for a letter telling us to embrace that into the Bill.”
obtainable to all of the Distinguished Senators tomorrow (Wednesday) after which we take into account the report on Thursday.”