Nigeria’s Acting President Osinbajo will tomorrow sign the long-awaited 2017 budget June 1.
By 9:00 AM Thursday 1st June, Acting President Osinbajo will sign the 2017 budget in law.
An insider told a NAN correspondent in Abuja that the representatives of the Presidency and leaders of the National Assembly have agreed on a date and time when the 2017 budget will be signed.
Yemi Osinbajo has reportedly arranged a meeting with leaders of the National Assembly for the signing of the budget.
A few weeks back, Thursday 18th of May, the National Assembly passed the N7.44 trillion 2017 Appropriation Bill which was presented by President Buhari to a joint session of the National Assembly four months ago.
The budget was raised from N7.30 trillion presented by President Buhari to N7.44 trillion after amendment by the joint National Assembly.
The absent of President Buhari had raised concerns a to who would sign the 2017 budget into law. The misconception and controversy was salvaged when Acting President informed Nigerians he would be the one to sign the budget into law.
“The acting president, Yemi Osinbajo, has invited Senate President, Bukola Saraki and speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, to the Aso Rock for the signing of the 2017 budget.”
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Legislative Matters, Senator Ita Enang informed the leaders of the National Assembly that the budget will be signed Thursday, June 1.
“So, the presiding officers are expected to be there.”
On Monday, 29th May, Osinbajo has promised Nigerians that the Budget will be signed in a short time in his Democracy Day speech.
About two days after the speech, there are now clear indication that the budget would be signed into law on Thursday June 1 at 9:00 A.M.