The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari today presents the 2021 budget to a joint session of the National Assembly.
In a letter to both chambers on Tuesday, the president said he will lay the budget before the lawmakers at 11:00 a.m. The event is expected to take about an hour.
The estimated budget expenditure is expected to be about N13.08 trillion – according to the Medium Term Expenditure Framework approved by the Senate and House of Representatives.
Mr Buhari is also expected to address, in his speech, the 2020 budget performance, recent economic crisis with regards to crude oil price and the COVID-19 pandemic, among others.
Security has been heightened at the National Assembly premises while the lawmakers await the arrival of the president and measures have been put in place with regards to COVID-19 safety protocols.
The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, already said not all legislative and presidential aides will be allowed into the chamber.
He had also made it mandatory for lawmakers to wear face masks and observe social distancing.
“From the entry of the President into the chamber and addresses and the presentation and laying will be just an hour event so that we are able to comply with the requirements of the COvID-19 protocol.
“Mr. President too this time around will not be accompanied by many people on the entourage. Only few people – very key and relevant to budget – will accompany Mr. President into the chamber. I think by the arrangement those of them that have little to do with the budget will join virtually what will happen,” he told senators on Wednesday.
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