Please be informed that assent to the 2017 Budget is not yet scheduled - Enang
The signing of the 2017 Budget scheduled for Thursday at 9am according to information earlier gathered by The Newsroom, has been cancelled at the last minute as the Presidency said no date has been fixed for its assent.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Maters (Senate), Ita Enang explained the development on the 2017 Budget.
“Further to several enquiries regarding action on the 2017 Appropriation Bill by the Executive, be informed that assent to same is not yet scheduled as consultations and engagements are ongoing.”
The Senate had on May 16th, 2017, explained that the need for authentication of the passed 2017 Appropriation Bill was the rationale behind the delay in the transmission of the document to the Executive arm of government for consideration and assent.
Addressing Journalists on the delay in transmission, Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Sabi Abdullahi, said that the Joint committees on Appropriations must carry out its assignment properly by not relenting on its oars.
“After the Budget is passed, the Appropriation Committee has to do some authentication, to avoid just any kind of document flying around. Any moment from now, it would be transmitted to the Presidency. Let us allow those who have been given certain responsibilities to do their job, which must include certain protocols.
“Remember that we had to adjourn and reconvene to approve the votes and proceedings to allow them continue the process. If not, they would not be able to do anything on the document. If we had waited till today (Tuesday) to approve the votes and proceedings, it means they would have to start today.”
The defence on the delay came five days after the National Assembly had on May 11th, passed a total of N7,441,175,486,758 Appropriation Bill, which represented an increase of N143 billion from what was presented last December by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Buhari had presented the N7.298trillion Budget to a joint session of the National Assembly on December 14, 2016.
Jun 01, 2017