Tinubu Unveils Plans for Supplementary Budget at National Assembly

By Joke Kujenya

ANNOUNCING his intention to submit a supplementary budget to the National Assembly soon, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has disclosed his plans.

This announcement came during his address to a joint session of the National Assembly on Wednesday, marking the 25th anniversary of uninterrupted democracy in Nigeria and commemorating his first year in office.

Speaking off-the-cuff for eight minutes, President Tinubu expressed gratitude to the legislative body for their cooperation with his administration, particularly highlighting the swift passage of the 2024 Budget.

He emphasized the necessity of this collaborative effort, underscoring that the progress of the nation depends on the synergy between the executive and the legislature, rather than on external support.

In his remarks, President Tinubu called for unity and collective effort in nation-building, stating, “Let us work together to build our nation, not only for us but for generations yet unborn.”

He reflected on his political journey that began in the same chamber as a senator in 1992, attributing his ascent to the presidency to the experiences and opportunities afforded by his legislative career.

The most notable moment of President Tinubu’s appearance was the announcement of Nigeria’s reversion to its first post-independence national anthem, “Nigeria we hail thee, our dear native land. Though tribe and tongue may differ, in brotherhood we stand.”

The anthem was played upon the President’s arrival and again at the close of the proceedings, marking a significant cultural and historical gesture.

The event was attended by several high-profile dignitaries, including Vice President Kashim Shettima, Secretary to the Government of the Federation George Akume, Governor Babagana Zulum, APC Chairman Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, former House Speakers Femi Gbajabiamila and Patricia Etteh, Minister of Budget and National Planning Atiku Bagudu, and Minister of Special Duties Zaphaniah Bitrus Jisalo.

Senate President Godswill Akpabio noted that President Tinubu would provide a more detailed address on June 12, the official Democracy Day, indicating further elaboration on his administration’s plans and policies.

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