Osinbajo May Receive 2017 Budget From N’assembly Today

Osinbajo May Receive 2017 Budget From N’assembly Today

Acting President ,Yemi Osinbajo may receive the 2017 budget from the National Assembly today.

A source who spoke to Punch newspaper said that the Legal Department of the National Assembly has concluded its work on the budget and now set to send it to the Presidency on Wednesday morning.

"We have been in communication with the National Assembly. They told us to expect the budget today, but up till now, it hasn’t come.

"We now hear it will be tomorrow (today)."

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (House of Representatives), Abdulrahman Kawu also confirmed that the office was expecting the budget today.

"It is Wednesday (today); at least, that was what I was told. So, we wait and see," he added.

According to reports ,  issues were allegedly raised on some sub-heads in the budget of the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing.

"Some changes were made. They cut funds from some allocations by the executive and they added to other sub-heads.

"This will affect the implementation of the projects on these sub-heads," an official said.

Meanwhile, the chairman, senate committee on media and public affairs, Aliyu Sabi-Abdullahi, on Tuesday, said the budget was still undergoing legislative processes.

"If you are familiar with our procedures, you will see that the budget always carries some signatures.

"So, the two chairmen (of Committee on Appropriations) of the two chambers have to do that.

He further explained that when that is done,  it will be transmitted to the Clerk to the National Assembly, who will make sure that he also puts in his administrative process to form the document to the Presidency.

"The fact that we have approved it does not amount to the fact that it will move straight to the Presidency.

"Whichever way it goes, those who are responsible for processing this document have been doing that ever since we passed it.

Any moment from now, either today or at most, tomorrow, they should be able to transmit it to the Presidency", he stated.

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