President Buhari to Present Abridged Budget Proposal at COVID-19 Compliant Presentation – Gbajabiamila

Nigeria's Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila

The 2021 budget expected to be presented to the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday will be COVID-19 compliant.

This was disclosed by Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila when he read a letter from the President proposing budget presentation, during plenary on Wednesday in Abuja.

The Speaker noted that the budget presentation by President Buhari, to a joint session of both the Senate and House at 11am on Oct. 8, will be in full compliance to COVID-19 protocol.

Gbajabiamila said that members would be mandated to wear their face masks as part of compliance to COVID-19 protocol.

An abridged version of the budget would be presented by the President in order to limit the session to a hour, the Speakers said.

Similarly, the Speaker noted that his speech and that of the Senate President would be abridged so as to further reduce presentation time due to COVID-19.

According to him, the budget presentation will not be the usual annual presentation, it will be abridged because of the need to comply with COVID-19 guidelines.

Gbajabiamila added that the presentation, billed to commence at 11am, will adhere to social distancing rules as members would be allowed to sit in the gallery.