In a bid to ensure that the 2018 Appropriation bill moves smoothly at the National Assembly, Senator Ita Enang, Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on National Assembly Matters has revealed that the bill would be submitted to the house in October for deliberation.
The current budget will end in 12 months and having been signed on June 12, 2016, the budget is legally to run between June 12, 2017, and June 12, 2018.
However, Enang revealed that the Federal Government has intensified moves to ensure that they meet up with the December deadline in order to prepare for the new session, starting from January.
“The ministers are already appearing before the ministry and defending their submissions. It is intended that in the next few days they would have completed the exercise and have the total of the budget as well as get ready with the final draft. Everything is being done to ensure that we keep to the date.
But the intention of the government is to make sure that the implementation date and assent will be for January 1, 2018, so that we will return the budget to the conventional January.”