Senate Chief Whip Mohammed Ali Ndume interacting with newsmen in Maiduguri.
By Dauda Iliya
The National Assembly is set to pass the 2024 Appropriation bill on the thirtieth of December.
Chief Whip of the Senate, Mohammed Ali Ndume made this known at a media briefing in Maiduguri.
Senator Ndume who is also the vice chairman Senate committee on Appropriation said the joint committees on Appropriation of both the Senate and House of Representatives through harmonise process are working assiduously to meet the dateline.
He explained that reasons for the quick passage of the bill is to maintain January to December budget cycle and been the first Appropriation bill of President Bola Tinubu’s administration.
“President Tinubu has a lofty and laudable ideas to address some of the challenges we are facing, especially now with the necessary removal of the fuel subsidy which came with consequences that require immediate action in order to ameliorate the sufferings that is caused by the removal of subsidy” Ndume said.
The Chief Whip of the Senate explained that the Committee is painstakingly scrutinising the budget to ensure that was no omissions or duplication.
“We intend to keep up with the time and insha Allah, that dateline that we set out for ourselves will be achieved by the thirtieth of the month, that is why we are going to sit on a Saturday, 30th will be on a Saturday and that is the day that we intend to pass the budget ” Ndume assured.
Senator Mohammed Ndume called on the Federal government to take drastic measures to address the economic hardship faced by Nigerians and equally appealed to the public to give the present administration more time to fix the daunting challenges the country is confronted with.