The Senate President, Alhaji Ahmad Lawan, has stated that the National Assembly will pass the N20.5 trillion Appropriation Bill for 2023 by the end of December.
He made this known on Tuesday in Abuja at a reception to commemorate President Muhamadu Buhari’s award of the national honour of Grand Commander of the Order of Niger (GCON).
This came after President Buhari presented the 2023 budget before a joint session of the National Assembly on Oct. 7, 2022.
The budget was tagged “Budget of Fiscal Sustainability and Transition”.
In his remarks at the reception, Lawan stated that the Senate would begin debate on the bill on Wednesday.
“Tomorrow, we will start the debate on the 2023 appropriation bill. Like we did for the three previous sessions, we are going to pass it before the end of December.
“We are purposeful and we are focused. It’s not for nothing that the presidency decided to honour 12 of us.
“They know our contribution to not only the administration of good governance but also the stability of the polity.
“I strongly believe that the national assembly of today has provided so much input into political stability in Nigeria. The records are there.
“People can look at what we have done and also those things that we didn’t do. I believe that our colleagues in the 9th senate worked so hard.”
On the number of female senators, the senate president said: “We don’t know why the number is small but they have capacity. These are very experienced legislators.
“We wish to see more female legislators. That’s only logical,” he said.
On the national honour, Lawan said that it was a special day for the National Assembly.
“The number of recipients from the Senate this time is the highest. Every senator deserves the award.”
He stated that his colleagues were his excellent buddies who guaranteed that the Senate’s productivity increased.
“We judiciously agreed that anything that will be good for Nigerians must be done.
“By the time we are leaving in 2023, we will leave with our heads high.”