Buhari writes Senate, seeks approval to spend N895bn as supplementary budget

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* As Lawan hurriedly adjourns plenary over leaking roof

President Muhammadu Buhari has requested the Senate to consider and approve N895billion under supplementary budget spending.

Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, read out Buhari’s letter containing the request on the floor at plenary on Tuesday.

The amount had earlier been approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC).

A large chunk of the money, according to Buhari, is for the procurement of military hardware to prosecute the war against insurgency and banditry.

The Federal government is also expected to use part of the money for the purchase of COVID-19 vaccines and other health-related needs.

Sadly, the Tuesday plenary was conducted under a leaking roof of the National Assembly following the morning rainfall.

As the rain poured into the chambers, cleaners were promptly deployed to place containers at the leaking spots, while simultaneously mopping already wet portions of the floor.

The senators, from their demeanor, looked embarrassed by the development, which they discussed in small clusters.

The National Assembly management had earlier earmarked N37billion in the 2021 budget for the renovation of the complex.

The criticism that trailed the figure, which was considered humongous, led to its reduction yet the Federal Executive Council (FEC) failed to approve the project.

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