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Senate Approves Buhari’s N895.8bn Supplementary Budget

Oluwasina Phillip

The Senate has approved the N895bn ($2.176bn) supplementary budget bill sent to it by President Muhammadu Buhari in June.

The supplementary budget which was aimed to fund security agencies and purchase of Covid-19 vaccines was approved on Wednesday.

Buhari had on June 22, transmitted the N895.842,465,917 supplementary Appropriation Bill for the approval of the legislators.

He explained that the budget would be used to fund the COVID-19 vaccine programme; fund health related expenditures for treatment of additional 50,000 patients under the Nigeria Comprehensive AIDS Program in states.

“We will also procure additional equipment captured in this year’s capital expenditure on Defence and Security to tackle prevalent security challenges across the country”, Buhari had said in his executive communication to the National Assembly.

The Senate Committee on Appropriations on the Supplementary Appropriation Bill, 2021 approved the adoption during its presentation.

The Appropriations Committee Chairman, Senator Jibrin Barau said the Joint Committees of the Senate and House of Representatives reached an agreement for a speedy adoption of the supplementary budget.

Ahmad Lawan, the President of the Senate said, the passage was a “necessary intervention” aimed at tackling security challenges faced in the country.

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