Senate Convenes Emergency Meeting Over N6.6tn Supplementary Budget

The Senate is set to hold an emergency plenary session to address President Bola Tinubu’s supplementary appropriation for the 2024 fiscal year. This session highlights the urgency and importance of the fiscal adjustments proposed by the President to address the nation’s budgetary needs.

Yemi Adaramodu, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, made this announcement in a statement released on Wednesday.

In addition to the supplementary appropriation, the Senate will also discuss other pressing issues. These include outstanding bills that require legislative action, various motions that have been tabled for debate, and critical constitutional and electoral matters that need resolution.

The plenary session scheduled for Thursday promises to be comprehensive, addressing a wide range of legislative concerns.

“We hope to deal with issues concerning our further oversight on the appropriations and clear further the hanging issues of constitutional and electoral concerns. And clear outstanding bills and motions, expectedly before our annual recess, later in the year.”

The Senate spokesperson had earlier mentioned that the size of the supplementary budget is N6.6 trillion.

Recall that the House of Representatives and the Senate commenced their recess last week and were to resume on July 2, 2024.

The emergency meeting and supplementary appropriation is coming amid speculation surrounding the purchase of new presidential aircraft. To this end, speculations emerged that the cost of the purchase may be included in the supplementary budget.

But, on Tuesday, Senate President Godswill Akpabio dismissed reports that the Senate had approved the purchase of new presidential jets.

Earlier, the House of Representatives Committee on National Security and Intelligence had recommended the purchase of new aircraft for the President and the Vice-President.

In January, Tinubu signed 2024 Nigeria’s 28.7 trillion budget into law