Barring last-minute change of plan, President Muhammadu Buhari will present the proposed 2021 Budget to a joint session of the National Assembly next week.
President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, gave the hint yesterday, in a special address to welcome back Senators from annual recess.
This is even as the Senate is expected to receive for consideration, the report of its Committee on Finance on the 2021-2023 Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and Fiscal Strategy Paper (FSP) at plenary today, a development that is a precursor to the budget presentation.
LEADERSHIP reports that the report, which was earlier slated for presentation yesterday and stood down for want of time, will be presented today.
Meanwhile, the Senate yesterday received a request from President Muhammadu Buhari for the confirmation of eight Justices of the Court of Appeal as Justices of the Supreme Court.
The request, which was contained in a letter dated August 31, 2020, was read at the plenary by the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan.
According to Buhari, the request for the confirmation of the eight Justices to the Supreme Court was in line with the provisions of section 231(2) of the 1999 Constitution and the advice of the National Judicial Council (NJC).
The letter reads: “Pursuant to section 231(2) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended), and upon the advice of the NJC, I hereby present for confirmation by the Senate, the appointment of the underlisted Eight (8) Justices of the Court of Appeal as Justices of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, according to their ranking of seniority at the Court of Appeal.”
The Justices are Hon. Justice Lawal Garba (North West); Hon. Justice Helen M. Ogunwumiju (South West); Hon. Justice Addu Aboki (North West); Hon. Justice I. M. M. Saulawa (North West); Hon. Justice Adamu Jauro (North East); Hon. Justice Samuel C. Oseji, (South South); Hon. Justice Tijjani Abubakar (North East) and Hon. Justice Emmanuel A. Agim (South South).
The nominees are: Nasir Isa Kwarra (Nasarawa) as chairman; Ali Silas Agara (Nasarawa); Mohammed Chiso A. Dottoji (Sokoto); Gidado Razak Folorunso (Kwara); Ibrahim Mohammed (Bauchi); Hon. Joseph Kwali Shazin (FCT); Ajayi Ayodeji Sunday (Ekiti); Garba A. G. Zakar (Jigawa); Mai Aliyu Muhammad (Yobe); Muhammad Muttaka Rini (Zamfara); Hon. Engr. Bala Almu Banya (Katsina) and Mrs. Bimbola Salu-Hundeyin (Lagos).
In a third request according to a letter dated August 13, 2020, President Buhari sought the confirmation of Ambassador Muhammad Haruna Manta and Yusuf Yunusa as Non-Career Ambassador-Designates.