The National Assembly has said it will hold an emergency session on Monday next week to consider and pass the 2021 Appropriation Bill before proceeding on its Christmas/New Year break on the same day.
Senator Ahmed Lawan, the Senate President, announced this at plenary on Wednesday.
The Federal Government had, on Tuesday, written the National Assembly to demand a fresh review of the 2020 Appropriation Act.
Zainab Ahmed, Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, particularly asked the National Assembly to extend the expiration date of the capital component of the 2020 budget.
According to Lawan, the delay in the consideration and passage pf the budget is to accommodate fresh demands from the executive arm of government regarding the fiscal document.
The Senate President explained that the National Assembly had resolved to o ensure the January to December budget cycle and will take certain legislative actions to maintain it.
He said: “There was a late request for some more expenditure from the executive arm of government and we want to ensure our committee produce a very clean document so they can’t present this report today.
“However, they (the committee) said the report will be ready by weekend.
“Consequently, the Senate will hold a special session on Monday 21st of December, just to consider and pass the budget 2021.
“This is in keeping with our legislative agenda of ensuring that annual budget has January to December cycle.”