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Published: Mon, May 22, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Uncertainty in Presidency over who will sign 2017 budget

Uncertainty in Presidency over who will sign 2017 budget

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

The Minister said when was asked a question relating to the signing of the 2017 Budget, his response was: "When it is transmitted to the Presidency, the issue will be addressed".

According to an earlier report by NAIJ.com, the presidency promised that the 2017 budget will be signed immediately by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo when it gets to them.

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo did not swear in the two new ministers recently confirmed by the senate.

The presidency is yet to give an official explanation for the postponement of the inauguration which was supposed to be part of the acting president's schedule at Wednesday's federal executive council (FEC) meeting.

Uncertainty in Presidency over who will sign 2017 budget
Uncertainty in Presidency over who will sign 2017 budget

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

"It will be ready tomorrow (Thursday) all things being equal, and it will be transmitted to the president, all things being equal tomorrow".

"When it is transmitted to the Presidency, that decision will be taken", he said.Briefing State House Correspondents shortly after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by the Acting President, Mohammed said Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udoma Udo Udoma has since received an advanced copy of the 2017 budget and is now studying it.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, had also 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.

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