Monday, 12 June 2017

Finally Osinbajo signs 2017 budget but...

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo's today signed the 2017 budget into law. The signing ceremony took place at the State house Abuja in the presence of senate president Bukola Saraki, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, Ministers and other government functionaries. 

THE AFRICAN EYE gathered that before signing the controversial document, Osinbajo conferred with President Buhari putting to rest weeks of speculation as to who was qualified to autograph the budget in the absence of the sick President.
In a statement released by the Senior Special Assistant to President Buhari on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu. it was revealed that:

"Following the receipt of a full brief on the 2017 Appropriation Bill as passed by the National Assembly, and to buttress the unity at the highest level of government, President Muhammadu Buhari has indicated that it is in the interest of the nation's economy for the Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, to sign the Appropriation Bill into law.

In a letter dated June 10, 2017, which he personally signed and addressed to the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma, the President also said he was "pleased by the joint resolution that the Executive would submit next year's budget proposals by October 2017 and the National Assembly will conclude the Appropriation process by December 2017, so that the country can return to a normal fiscal period from next year onwards."

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