For the first time since the 2019 general elections were won and lost, President Muhammadu Buhari arrived earlier at the National Assembly to present the 2020 budget.
OlamondNaija learnt that as part of the preparations to receive the president, there had been tight security around the National Assembly where the presentation would be made.
At the time of this report, the Senate had moved and adopted a motion for a joint session between the upper legislative chamber and the House of Representatives as it is customary.
OlamondNaija earlier reported that President Muhammadu Buhari chaired an extra-ordinary Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the presidential villa in Abuja.
The meeting, which started around 12pm on Monday, October 7, is being attended by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and secretary to the government of the federation, Boss Mustapha.
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President Buhari presents 2020 budget
A motion is moved is moved by Senator Abdullahi Yahaya for a joint session of the Senate and the House of Representatives in preparation to receive an address by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The motion is seconded by Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe after which the Senate agreed that the joint session should hold at 2pm.
Senators begin movement to Rep chamber for budget presentation
Nigerian senators have begun their collective journey to the green chamber occupied by the House of Representatives ahead of the presentation of the budget by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The senators headed for the lower chamber after exhausting the items on their order paper at a sitting.
Tight security as Buhari presents 2020 budget
Security has been beefed up in and around the National Assembly complex ahead of President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to present the 2020 budget proposal.
Buhari is to present the proposal before a joint session of the Assembly on Tuesday at 2 p.m
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that combined teams of security agencies have been deployed at the three entrances into the complex.
Away from the normal routine checks at the gate, heavy security officials, comprising men of the Nigeria Police Force, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps among others are stationed at the entry points leading to the National Assembly complex.
The entry points are the main gate overlooking the Federal Secretariat, the entrance through the SGF office on Aso Drive and the back gate connecting the Presidential Villa.
A NAN correspondent reports that entry into the complex has been limited to only persons whose names are on accreditation lists submitted by different units in the Assembly.
Journalists and staff of the National Assembly without tags were turned back at the first gate to the Assembly.
NAN observed that branches of of banks within the complex were all closed for the President’s visit.
NAN also reports that the Senate had on Thursday, approved the 2020 to 2022 Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and the Fiscal Strategy Paper(FSP).
The approval, followed the adoption of a 16-point recommendation by the National Assembly Joint Committee on Finance and National Planning which considered the MTEF and FSP documents.
Part of the recommendations approved by senate was to increase the Federal Government’s total expenditure estimates in the MTEF/FSP from N10 trillion to N10.729 trillion.
President Buhari arrives National Assembly
Amid military tunes, President Muhammadu Buhari, clad in white ‘agbada’ arrives the lower chamber of the National Assembly. He shakes hands with Senate president, Ahmad Lawan, and the speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila. The national anthem is recited to herald the event.
The Senate president calls on lawmaker Abdulfatah Buhari for the opening prayer. A female lawmaker also prays in accordance with the Christian faith.
Senate President Lawan addresses colleagues
The president of the Senate opens the event with recognition of distinguished Nigerians including the vice president, Yemi Osinbajo, governors, leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) including Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, security chiefs.
Lawan welcomes Buhari to the National Assembly.He said all Nigerians had waited in anticipation for this day. “All eyes in Nigeria, and, indeed, abroad are on us,” he said about the function.
The Senate president promised Buhari that the ninth Assembly is prepared to work with the current administration for the growth and progress of the country.
Buhari addresses lawmakers
President Muhammadu Buhari begins on a funny note informing the lawmakers and invited guests to pardon his voice because it is the result of working hard.
The masses are expected to see what year 2020 brings for the country!