New senate majority leader and others talk 2017 budget with Osinbajo


On Monday, the new senate majority leader Senator Ahmed Lawan met with Vice President Osinbajo to talk about Nigeria’s 2017 budget, based on report.

Speaker of the House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara and a governor of the All Progressives Congress (APC) party attended the 30-minute meeting along with the new senate majority leader at the office of the vice president in Abuja.

After the meeting, Senator Lawan told journalists at the State House that:

‘I am here to meet with the acting president, to brief him on what the Senate is doing on the Appropriation Bill 2017. You know we have suspended plenary for three weeks.

‘The idea is to have ample time to focus on the Appropriation Bill. The committees will start to work from this week, meeting the MDAs on the budget defence that they need to do.

‘Secondly, you know that the acting president is an APC acting president of this our administration. As a new senate leader, it is also important that I come here to this office to tell the acting president and our administration that the APC caucus in the Senate is now a united caucus.

‘We are ready as a caucus to support our administration; we are also ready as a Senate, that is both the APC and the minority parties, to work for the betterment of Nigerians.

‘Our colleagues in the opposition have always been supportive and there for the Senate to function.’

Senator Ahmed Lawan is a senator representing Yobe North. He replaced Senator Ali Ndume who represents Borno South as senate majority leader just 3 weeks ago.

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