The Chairman Senate Committee on Appropriation, Danjuma Goje yesterday announced that the collation of 2016 budget reports has begun, stressing that the various sub-committees have started submitting the outcome of budget defence.
Goje informed the Senate during plenary that the defence had been concluded and submission of the reports by the various sub-committees was to commence immediately.
Appealing to his colleagues to ensure that the report was concluded on schedule, Goje informed the Senate that the submission would last for a week.
“Today is the beginning of the submission of our reports by the various sub-committees. The Appropriations Committee is ready; we are set to start receiving the reports. I therefore urge my colleagues, the chairmen and vice-chairmen of various committees to cooperate with us to ensure that we conclude this exercise within the one week that was stipulated by this Senate.
“This means that the submissions will start today and end next week Tuesday. If we don’t go by the programme, there will be problem of submission of our report. But because of the importance of this budget, it is incumbent that we go by the programme. I want to inform the Senate that the Appropriations Committee is ready to accept the reports. Immediately after my explanation, all the members will go to room 224 where we are ready to start receiving the reports.
“The timetable has been distributed to you and the committees concerned are supposed to submit your reports as stated in that timetable. So, Mr. President, I will like to ask my colleagues, chairmen, vice-chairmen and members of the various committees to cooperate with us to ensure that we conclude this exercise within the one week stipulated by this Senate.
“If we don’t go by the programme, there would be a problem of submission of our reports. It is therefore, incumbent that we go by the programme during the exercise of receiving our reports within one week to allow us compile the reports and submitting it to this Senate for passing into law,” Goje said.