OrderPaperToday – President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has highlighted measures to be taken during the presentation of 2021 budget.
President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to appear on Thursday to lay the budget at the joint session of the National Assembly but this time in line with Covid-19 precautionary measures.
Announcing the measures on Wednesday during plenary, Lawan said: “The joint session normally take place in the chamber of the House of Representatives. It is going to be the same. It will take place there but by this time around because of the situation of COVID-19, we have made arrangements to observe social distancing in the chamber.
“We also have to wear or face masks mandatorily. We are going to also abridge the entire event because we will be many there. So the entire event will last just about an hour.
“From the entry of the President into the chamber, address, 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.”
The senate later approved the 2021-2023 Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and Fiscal Strategy Paper (FSP), a precursor step before the budget is presented.
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