Osinbajo receives 2017 Budget from National Assembly

*Osinbajo receives 2017 Budget from National Assembly

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has received the 2017 Appropriation Bill from the National Assembly, eight days after the lawmakers.

The Special Adviser to the President on National Assembly Matters, Ita Enang, disclosed this to State House Correspondents today after handing over the document to Mr. Osinbajo behind closed doors.

“The budget as passed by the National Assembly has just been transmitted to the Acting President. I just delivered it.
“Let me use this opportunity to clarify an issue. The Acting President has the power to assent to the budget and he will assent to it when the processes are completed.

“The Acting President has the power to assent to the budget. In February, he assented to seven or eight bills. Those that he didn’t agree with, he wrote the Senate and House of Representatives that he had withheld his assent from them.
“He has the power of the president to assent to it. But the assent to the Appropriation Bill will be after the completion of the standard operation process. The bill has 30 days within which it will be assented to but the process can be completed within two or three days.
“So, it is not possible to say it will be assented to in so, so and so day or in two or three days. It’s upon the completipn of the process that it will be assented to by the president and the president here now is the acting president,” Enang said.

The Senior Special Assistant to the Acting President on Media, Mr Laolu Akande, also confirmed the development via his Twitter handle.

He said the document was formally received in the office of the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, on Friday.

Akande added that the bill is currently undergoing diligent consideration by the Executive arm of government.

“2017 Budget -Appropriations bill now officially received in the Acting President’s office and undergoing very prompt and diligent consideration,” he wrote.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, had on Wednesday told reporters that upon receipt of the document, copies would be made available to ministers to compare what their ministries sent to the National Assembly and what was returned.

He had told the reporters that a decision on who would sign the document between Osinbajo and President Muhammadu Buhari who is currently in London, the United Kingdom for medical consultation would be taken at the appropriate time.

But Akande had stated that Osinbajo will sign the document once he is satisfied with what was transmitted back to the Executive from the National Assembly.

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