The National Assembly has assumed that it would finish work on the 2022 Appropriation Bill before its annual recess on December 16, 2021.
Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege said this when members of the 86 class (The Centennial Class) from the Nigerian Law School, led by the Class Captain, Oladipo Okpeseyi SAN, paid him a courtesy call in Abuja.
Explaining the position of the Senate on the speedy passage of the 2022 Budget, the Deputy Senate President said that early approval and signing of the appropriation bill into law will ensure planning, and allow for enhanced productivity and efficiency in the management and application of resources.
According to him, “Nigerians are the ultimate beneficiaries of the return to the January to December budget cycle,” even as he stressed that this will guarantee full implementation of the economic, infrastructural, social investments and other developmental programmes contained in the budget.
The President Muhammadu Buhari, had on the 7th of October, 2021 presented the 2022 budget of N16.3 trillion to a joint session of the National Assembly.
To this, Senator Omo-Agege noted that work on the “budget process is ongoing. In the next 30 days, we will conclude it and pass it before we go on Christmas break, sometime in December 16.”
Speaking on a recent Bill targeted at increasing the number of law school campuses in Nigeria from six to 12, he urged for wide consultation to gauge the reaction of Nigerians.
He said, “I want to thank you for the initiative you have taken on this moot court. It’s a great idea, especially for trained advocates. I really don’t see how you can hone your skills if you are not given the opportunity and privilege to have facilities like that.
“I am not surprised that this initiative is coming from ’86 Class. We are the most innovative in every respect. I appreciate what you have done. I have your back. Any assistance I can render, I will be available. I am also here in case of any legislative intervention that the Class believes ought to be made.
“We have stepped in so many times to assist the Judiciary as much as we are able to by way of improvement in their welfare, especially with the FCT courts, trying to provide adequate funding to expand the court and provide facilities. And for most of us who come from the judicial family, I know what my own Dad went through using long-hand to do most of the work as opposed to what obtains abroad. I keep telling the judges who come before us here for confirmation that I am sure that if people like my Dad had such benefit, it would have added 10 years to his lifespan. Any assistance you need, you can always count on us”.