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Acting President Osinbajo Receives 2017 Budget
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has received the details of the 2017 appropriation bill which was passed by the National Assembly last week.
The document was delivered to Osinbajo on Friday by the special adviser to the President on National Assembly matters – Senate, Ita Enang, behind closed doors.
Speaking to State House correspondents after submitting the budget, Enang said: “The budget as passed by the National Assembly has just been transmitted to the Acting President. I just delivered it.
”Enang also cleared the air on reports quoting him as saying that the passed budget will only be assented to by President Muhammadu Buhari.
“Let me use this opportunity to clarify an issue. The Acting President has the power to assent to the budget and he will assent to it when the processes are completed.
“The Acting President has the power to assent to the budget. In February, he assented to seven or eight bills. Those that he didn’t agree with, he wrote the Senate and House of Representatives that he had withheld his assent from them.
“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’s upon the completion of the process that it will be assented to by the president and the president here now is the acting president.”
Also, Presidential spokesman, office of the Vice President, Laolu Akande confirmed that Osinbajo has received the 2017 budget.
“2017 Budget-Appropriations bill now officially received in the Acting President’s office and undergoing very prompt and diligent consideration,”Akande tweeted.
Osinbajo had on Wednesday said that he would sign the budget once he is satisfied with its contents.