BY MARY KUYE
President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived the National Assembly and commenced presentation of the 2021 Appropriation Bill to a Joint session of the National Assembly where he proposed 2021 Budget of N13 trillion to the lawmakers.
Buhari arrived the National Assembly premised by exactly 11.01 am and was received by the Clerk to the National Assembly, Arc Ojo Olatunde Amos, who led him through the basement door into the House of Representatives Chambers.
Compared to budget presentations done in previous years, the President was only accompanied by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and a few ministers, while the others are expected to participate virtually.
According to Senate President Ahmed Lawan, the new arrangement became necessary in order to maintain social distancing during the presentation, as a result of the COVID-19.
Before presenting the proposed budget, the President is expected to give a breakdown of the performance of the 2020 budget.
The lawmakers are also expected to consider and pass the 2021-2023 Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and Fiscal Strategy Paper (FSP).
He notes that the challenging global and economic environment had major implications on the nation.
He, however, highlights that the government did not relent on its effort at poverty alleviation and job creation. One of which included the Public Works Programme.
The President adds that despite the challenges, the government has delivered on key policies, programmes and projects