Chairman, House Committee on Appropriation, Hon. Abubakar Bichi (APC, Kano) has assured that the 2024 budget presented by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu will be passed without delay.
According to him, 2024 Appropriation will be passed before the end of December 2023.
In a chat with newsmen after the budget presentation to a joint session of the National Assembly, Hon. Abubakar Bichi said the passage of the 2024 budget is possible before the end of 2023.
“Yes it is possible, we are going to be doing our work from tomorrow Thursday to Friday, as you know we don’t work on Fridays, but this time around we’re going to work on Fridays and Saturdays as we begin budget defence
“We are going to invite all the MDAs to come and defend what they have done in 2023 and to explain in detail their proposal in the 2024 budget.
“Of course, we’re going to work day and night to make sure the budget is passed before December 31st, 2023. It’s doable, we can do that”, he said.
When asked what should Nigerians be expecting from the budget, the high ranking legislator simply said, “You can see this time around the Capital has been increased. This is the first time in three to four years that Capital has gone up. The capital has increased and the deficit has also gone down.
“I think it’s very realistic and Mr president means well for the country. We’re going to work on the documents and do our analysis before we can make a final conclusion.
“So far, what we’ve seen, I think it’s a welcome development for the nation”, he added