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Senate Halts FG’s N135bn Virement Request



Meanwhile, the Senate yesterday refused to offer consideration to request by the executive arm of government for virement of N135bn from the 2017 budget to execute certain priority projects.

The Executive had written to the Senate to grant it a request for virement, but when the matter came up for consideration at plenary yesterday, the lawmakers kicked vehemently, saying it is unconstitutional. The lawmakers demanded that the matter be quashed.

It took several pleadings from the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, to prevail on the Senators to down their resistance on the issue and eventually referred the matter to the committee on Appropriation for further action.

The Deputy President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu described the request for virement as unconstitutional and undemocratic.
Ekweremadu argued that if the government wanted to complete some of its priority projects, it should present a supplementary budget and not deny other sectors of projects already approved.