Immediate action as Buhari directs Osinbajo to sign 2017 Budget

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, to go ahead and sign the 2017 Appropriation Bill into law. On Monday, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, who disclosed this in statements.

The presidential aide said the President indicated that it is in the interest of the nation’s economy for the Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, to sign the document without further delay.

He said Buhari’s directive was conveyed to the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udo Udoma, in a letter dated June 10.
"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."
The acting President Yemi Osinbajo has now signed the 2017 Appropriation bill into law today, which also makes one month after it was passed by the National Assembly.

A short ceremony that was witnessed by the President of Senate, Bukola Saraki, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Yakubu Dogara and Special Adviser on National Assembly Matters to the President, Senator Ita Enang, that took place inside the presidential villa, where Osinbajo commended the National Assembly members for work done on the 2017 budget.

The budget, which was presented in December 2016 before the two chambers of the national assembly by President Buhari, had an estimate of N7.28 trillion but was raised to N7.44 trillion by the Federal lawmakers.

Details of the budget showed that N434.4 billion was appropriated for statutory transfers to the National Judicial Council (N100 billion); Niger Delta Development Commission (N64.02 billion); Universal Basic Education (N95.2 billion); National Assembly (N125 billion); Public Complaints Commission (N4 billion); INEC (N45 billion); and National Human Rights Commission (N1.2 billion).

Other witnesses are; the minister of Budget and National Planning, Udoma Udo Udoma, his finance Counterpart, Kemi Adeosun and the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Abba Kyari.
Osinbajo’s decision to sign the Budget followed a letter from President Muhammadu Buhari directing him to do so.