Lagos Assembly yet to pass 2020 budget after 52 days
Fifty-two days after the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu presented the 2020 budget estimates to the state House of Assembly, it is yet to be passed by the legislature.
The Governor presented N1.168tn budget on November 8, 2019, to the lawmakers. Although the 2019 budget was enmeshed in some sort of controversy, that of 2018 (N1.046tn) was presented on December 11, 2017, and was passed on January 30, by the Assembly, about 51 days after.
On why the budget has not been passed, the Chairman, House Committee on Information and Strategy, Mr. Tunde Braimoh said the budget proposal and estimates were receiving very meticulous consideration from the Assembly, promising that the budget would be passed, not later than the legislators’ first working day of 2020.
“The appropriation committee has all the standing committees of the Assembly as sub-committees. So, all the sub-committees have interrogated the budget as far as their respective Ministries, Department, and Agencies (MDAs) are concerned, and all reports have been passed to the Appropriation Committee for final steps of committing the budget for third reading, which would be the passage of the budget, not later than the first working day of next year.
In considering a new budget, we are to review the old one, to see its performance. We cannot just repeat what they have brought. we have to look at it critically and interrogate whatever should be interrogated and with all sense of objectivity. We have done all the preliminary work and now in the formality stages.”
When he was told the 2018 budget of same size was passed within 51 days, Braimoh said there was no delay, as the “Assembly is concerned about ensuring the greatest happiness goes to the greatest number of Lagos residents.”
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