•Presentation now holds next week
From ADETUTU FOLASADE-KOYI, Abuja
Finally, the presidency and the leadership of the National Assembly have reached a truce on the 2013 budget. Barring any change of plans, President Goodluck Jonathan would present estimates of the 2013 Appropriation Bill to the National Assembly next week.
Senate Leader, Victor Ndoma-Egba made the disclosure at Wednesday’s plenary. Shortly before the plenary was adjourned, Ndoma-Egba told senators that the scheduled budget presentation would no longer hold on Thursday, October 4. His words: “The budget will not be laid on Thursday as contained in the president’s communication to us.
“ The budget will be laid sometime next week. I thought I should clarify that because some of our colleagues may think the budget is still coming tomorrow. When a date is communicated to us, it would be read on the floor for distinguished Senators.” Ndoma-Egba did not say specifically when the new budget would be laid next week.