2017 Budget: Senate summons Adeosun, Udoma

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The Senate on Thursday summoned the Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun and  Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma to appear before its Joint Committee on Finance and Appropriation on Tuesday, Oct. 3.

The Senate, which had on September 26, asked the ministers to appear before it in plenary to brief it on the level of implementation of the 2017 Budget, changed its decision on Thursday.

The decision followed a point of order raised by the Leader of the Senate, Senator Ahmed Lawan.

The lawmakers adopted the new position following a voice vote.

Lawan in his point-of-order appealed to his colleagues to allow the committees interface with the minister for a more robust discussion.

According to him, some of his colleagues advised that there would be more room for the ministers to discuss the state of the economy at the committee level.

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In his remarks, Senate President Bukola Saraki urged the Clerk of the National Assembly to communicate the position of the Senate to the ministers.

The upper chamber had summoned Adeosun and Udoma to appear before it to offer explanations on the state of the economy.

The invitation followed a report that the country had come out of recession, and also the level of implementation of 2017 budget.