The Senate President, Senator Ahmad Lawan, has expressed uncertainty over the physical presence of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari at the National Assembly complex for the presentation of the proposed N19.76 trillion 2023 budget to a joint session of both chambers next month due to ongoing renovation of the chambers of the Senate and House of Representatives.

Lawan made this known during the inspection of room 022 being put in shape as the temporary chamber for the Senate on resumption, next Tuesday, after its six weeks annual leave which started in July.

Lawan, while addressing journalists, said the National Assembly was expecting the President to present the 2023 budget hopefully in the first week of October, but the renovation work going on was creating the challenge of where to host the number one citizen.

He disclosed that one of the urgent legislative assignments that would be carried out by the Senate on resumption next week would be the confirmation of Justice Olukayode Ariwoola as the substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria.

He said further that issues of national security which had improved and consideration of the 2023 – 2025 Medium Term Expenditure Framework and Fiscal Strategy Paper, would also be accorded legislative priority on resumption.

The Senate president further promised that the 2023 budget would help Nigerians live better lives while the security of Nigerians would not be left behind.

Credit: Punch

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