The consideration of the revised 2020 national budget suffered set back on the floor or the Senate on Tuesday following the exclusion of the N186bn health sector component from the proposed fiscal document.
The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriation, Barau Jibrin, had on resumption of plenary, drew the attention of the Senate to the non inclusion of the fund in the revised budget.
The development invariably forced the Senate to step down the consideration of the N10.509trn revised 2020 budget forwarded to it for consideration by the President Muhamnadu Buhari, about two weeks ago.
The debate on the general principles of the fresh proposal was scheduled for today since the same exercise had been carried out on the revised 2020-2022 Medium Term Expenditure Framework and Fiscal Strategy Paper, which has been passed, last week.
The Chairman of the Appropriation panel explained that the Budget Office failed to capture the entire N500bn intervention fund for COVID-19 in the revised bill.
Jibrin said while N314bn was captured as part of the intervention fund, the balance of N186bn proposed for the health sector was not captured.
He said on the N500 billion proposed intervention fund in respect of the COVID-19 pandemic, only N314 bn was actually captured in the budget leaving N186bn that has to do with the health sector.
President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, said the situation would not have arisen if those saddled with the responsibility of putting the budget together had been meticulous and responsible.
With this development, the revised 2020 budget looks likely to be passed in the Senate on Thursday.