President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived the National Assembly where he is now set to present the proposed 2021 Budget of N13 trillion to the lawmakers.
Compared to budget presentations done in previous years, the President was only accompanied by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo Others in the entourage of Mr Buhari are the SGF, Boss Mustapha, Chief of Staff to the President, Ibrahim Gambari and Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, amongst others. 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.
At 10:32 a.m. Senate suspends plenary to join colleagues at the House of Representatives for the budget presentation.
Lawmakers are expected to observe social distancing and ministers who have nothing to do with the exercise have been advised to stay away and the number of journalists in the National Assembly have been cut down to also reduce number of persons.