The Senate today passed the 2018 Appropriation Bill (Budget) following the consideration and adoption of the report by the joint National Assembly Committee on Appropriation.

The report had earlier been laid before the Senate yesterday but the lawmakers considered and adopted it today at an extended plenary.

The House of Representatives had yesterday hinted that the Bill would be passed today.

Over the months, the national assembly had been object of criticisms from a broad section of the public for the delayed passage of the bill, particularly civil society organizations.

It would be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari had on November 7, 2017 laid the bill before a joint session of the National Assembly, asking the lawmakers to expeditiously deliberate upon and pass the bill to ensure the realization of its key objectives, particularly economic growth projections.

The President had said then: “Nigeria is currently emerging from a very difficult economic period. If we all cooperate, and support one another, we can consolidate on our exit from the recession and firmly position Nigeria for economic prosperity. All the projects presented within this Budget have been carefully selected and subjected to extensive consultations and stakeholder engagements.

“As a Government, we are determined to bring succour to our people, improve their lives, and deliver on our promises to them. 2018 is a crucial year as we strive to ensure that we consolidate our successes and institutionalize the policies and practices that drove this turnaround.

“ I appeal to you to swiftly consider and pass the 2018 Appropriation Bill”, he pleaded.