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Budget presentation: NASS waits on Jonathan

By Henry Umoru
ABUJA— PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan will today present the 2013 budget to a  Joint session of the National Assembly.

The budget presentation to both the House of Representatives and the Senate was shifted by the Presidency by one week, just as it was earlier slated for last week,  October 4, following a letter from President Jonathan to Senate President David Mark.

It became compulsory to postpone the event owing to the fact that the Lower Chamber which should be part of the process, adjourned plenary for one week to enable the members to carry out oversight functions on the Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs to ascertain how the 2012 budget must have been implemented as that will form the basis of what they will ask the presidency as the president presents the 2013 budget today.

As the President visits the Senate, staff of the National Assembly have been urged to report very early as the joint session would commence at 10am.

According to a memo pasted on the board of the office of the Senate President and signed by Mrs. F.O Adigun, yesterday, staff were asked to report early because of the tight security in the National Assembly complex.

The memo read: ‘’I write to inform you that the President, Commander-in-Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, GCFR will be visiting the national Assembly tomorrow(today) Wednesday, October 10, at 10am to address a joint session of the National Assembly on the 2013 budget.

‘’In the light of the above, you are hereby advised to come to work early as there will be tight security in the complex.”


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