We have received 2017 Budget from National Assembly - Presidency

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, was expected to sign the document following the letter written by President Muhammadu Buhari to the National Assembly in compliance with Section 145 of the Nigerian Constitution apprising the legislature of his decision to proceed on medical leave.

"We have not yet received the budget 2017 from the national assembly, they are working on the final paging and transmission", Enang said on Channels Television Politics Today.

But Osinbajo, via a Twitter statement by his spokesman, Laolu Akande, said the question on who would sign the budget was clear.

The Appropriation bill commonly referred to as budget is usually signed into law by the President.

He said the budget which was passed last Thursday by the National Assembly had not been formally transmitted to the executive.

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

But the doubts have been put to rest since the constitution clearly stipulates that, in the absence of the President, and where the president fully transmits power to his vice in a case he is unable to steer the presidential affairs, then his vice assumes full control as Acting president.

Osinbajo had said on Wednesday that he would sign the budget when satisfied with its contents.

The meeting held at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

Mohammed also stated that if there were any discrepancies in the budget presented and the one passed, the Executive would report to Udoma for harmonisation.

Speaking further on budget, the Information minister said an "advanced copy" of the budget was in possession of the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udo Udoma.

  • Leroy Wright