Finally, Yemi Osinbajo, the Acting President of Nigeria has received the 2017 Appropriation Bill. He received it yesterday.
Recall that the budget was passed by the National Assembly last week, it was first presented before the two chambers of the National Assembly by the President in December 2016, the budget had an estimate of N7.28 trillion before the federal lawmakers raised it to N7.44 trillion.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Ita Enang, submitted the document to President Osibanjo. He confirmed that it will be assented by the Acting President after the completion of every procedure.
While speaking to newmen, Mr. Ita said:
“The budget, as passed by the National Assembly has just been transmitted to the Acting President. I just delivered it He has the power of the President to assent to it. But the assent to the Appropriation Bill will be after the completion of the standard operation process. The bill has 30 days within which it will be assented to, but the process can be completed within two or three days.So, it is not possible to say it will be assented to in so, so and so day or in two or three days. It is upon the completion of the process that it will be assented to by the President, and the President here now is the Acting President.”
In the same vein, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, said that the Bill is currently undergoing a ‘diligent consideration.’
He said this in a tweet:
“2017 Budget-Appropraitions Bill now officially received in the Acting President’s office and undergoing very prompt and diligent consideration.”