President Muhammadu Buhari has barred all cabinet members and heads of government agencies from embarking on any foreign trip till the defence of the 2020 budget at the National Assembly is completed.
Director Information in the Office of Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Willie Bassey, disclosed this in a statement on Friday.
The suspension of such overseas trips will enable the ministers and heads of agencies provide the information the legislature needs to pass the budget, he said.
Recall that the Senate President Senator Ahmed Lawan had promised that the National Assembly committees are ready to receive the ministers and other heads of government agencies for the defence of their budget estimates.
He said he expected Buhari’s ministers to appear before the Committees for the defence of their Budget estimates within the month of October for quicker passage.
He said, “We have earmarked the month of October to be the sole window for all budget defence activities in this year, by all MDAs,” Ola Awoniyi, the special adviser on media to the President of the Senate, quoted him as saying.
“In this regard, our Committees will be expected to conclude their work on budget defence within October, this year.
The 2020 budget presentation shows that President Buhari allocated N30 billion for N-Power and other SIP programmes.