Acting President Osinbajo signs 2017 budget into law
The budget was signed at exactly 4:42 PM in his office on Monday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, a presidential aide announced on Twitter.
"I'd like to express appreciation to @nassnigeria for completing the work of the 2017 Appropriations Bill, " Osinbajo said.
I just signed 2017 Budget into law. It's an important milestone in our economic recovery & growth plan laid in April by President Buhari.— Prof Yemi Osinbajo (@ProfOsinbajo) June 12, 2017
Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has signed the #Budget2017 into law at exactly 4:42 PM in his office at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.— Bashir Ahmad (@BashirAhmaad) June 12, 2017
President Buhari had in a letter addressed to Budget Minister, Udoma Udo Udoma said it is in the interest of the nation’s economy for the Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, to sign the 2017 Appropriation Bill into law.
The National Assembly, NASS, had passed the budget on 11 May. Osinbajo was presented a copy by 19 May with the original figure ballooning to N7.441 trillion, from the N7.28trillion proposed by President Buhari.
Then came the delay in the Acting President assenting to it to become law. Earlier reports had said that the Acting President was scrutinising the document. Indeed, copies of the budget were sent to MDAs for perusal and observations.
President Buhari in his letter to Udoma 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.”