The Senate on Wednesday passed the N16.39trillion 2022 Appropriation Bill for second reading.

The Upper Chamber also adjourned plenary till November 9, 2021 to enable heads of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of the Federal Government to defend their budget estimates for 2022 before relevant committees of the Senate.

The second reading of the budget followed two days of debate on the general principles of the 2022 Appropriation Bill by Senators.

The 2022 Appropriation Bill, which scaled second reading, was referred to the Senate Committee on Appropriations for further legislative work and to report back to plenary in four weeks.

Senate President Ahmad Lawan disclosed that the Senate would commence budget defence from next Monday.

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