- President Buhari has reportedly received a signed copy of 2018 appropriations bill
- Senate had on last Wednesday, May 16, signed the budget into law
- The minister of budget and national planning, Udoma Udo Udoma, on Wednesday, May 23, disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari had not received the 2018 budget
President Muhammadu Buhari has reportedly received a copy of 2018 appropriation bill after it was signed by the Senate president Bukola Saraki.
NAIJ.com gathered that the joint National Assembly had last week passed the budget, six months after it was presented by the president.
The Punch also reports that senior special assistant to the president on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Ita Enang, confirmed the development to State House Correspondents at about 8.30pm on Friday, May 25.
“I have received the budget on behalf of the Presidency. I am transmitting it now,” the presidential aide simply said.
With the development, officials of the executive arm of government are expected to scrutinise the document alongside the one submitted by President Muhammadu Buhari to the National Assembly last year.
The scrutiny will be done on ministry-by-ministry basis after which the ministry of budget and national planning will then advise the President whether to sign the bill into law or return it to the National Assembly for amendment.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the minister of budget and national planning, Udoma Udo Udoma, on Wednesday, May 23, disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari had not received the 2018 budget, one week after it was passed by the National Assembly.
Channels TV reports that Udoma made this disclosure at the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting said the reports credited to him as saying that the President will not sign the budget were false as he was even yet to receive the budget.
According to him, “The President is yet to receive the budget. It is, therefore, impossible to make a statement about the budget that has not been received.
“Once we get it, we will work very quickly on it. When it is submitted, I am sure the National Assembly themselves will inform Nigerians.”
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