- President Muhammadu Buhari will present the 2017 budget proposal on Tuesday, December 6
- The president was billed to present it on Thursday, December 1 initially
- The presentation will be to a joint session of the National Assembly
A report by Daily Trust indicates that President Muhammadu Buhari will present the 2017 budget to a joint session of the National Assembly on Tuesday, December 6.
The president’s budget presentation will follow the approval of the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) for 2016 to 2018 by the two chambers of the federal legislature this week.
Senate minority leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio had last week, while contributing to a debate on the floor of the Senate, said the president will present the budget on Thursday, December 1.
Meanwhile, the presidency have concluded arrangements for the budget to be presented on that day according to the report.
Ahead of the presentation, a team from the executive arm will meet the leadership of the National Assembly on Thursday to conclude arrangement and agree on the matter.
President Buhari presented the 2016 budget to the National Assembly on December 22 last year, the day the federal legislators proceeded on their Christmas and New Year break.
In a related development, President Buhari has promised that he will not allow the padding of the budget 2017 like that of 2016.
Receiving in audience members of the Governance Support Group (GSG), led by Honourable Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, at State House, Abuja recently, the president said: “I am waiting for the 2017 budget to be brought to us in council. Any sign of padding anywhere, I will remove it.”