Senate extends 2021 budget implementation to May

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The senate has extended the implementation of the 2021 budget from March 31 to May 31, 2022.

The development occurred after it considered a bill to amend the 2021 appropriation act.

Before considering the bill, the senate suspended Rule 78(1) of standing order 2022 (as amended) to introduce and pass the bill.

The bill, sponsored by Yahaya Abdullahi, senate leader, was read during plenary on Tuesday for the first, second, and third time after the suspension of Rule 78(1).

Leading debate on the bill, Abdullahi said the appropriation act in the past was passed mid-year, with its implementation usually extended to the following year.

“In previous appropriation act, these extensions were usually covered by a clause,” he said.

“The clause is in line with the provisions of section 318 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria that the act runs for a period of 12 months, starting from the date it comes into effect.”