The Office of the Acting President has cleared the air over the assent of the 2017 Budget affirming that it would be signed into law when and if the Acting President expresses satisfaction with the bill.
Fielding questions from State House Correspondents earlier after the Federal Executive Council, FEC meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Wednesday, Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed also disclosed that ministers were studying the budget as passed by the National Assembly.
Spokesman to the Acting President, Laolu Akande in a tweet late Wednesday night said “Just so we are clear: when the time comes, everything is set and he is satisfied, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo will assent to the 2017 budget.”
Briefing journalists after the FEC meeting, Mohammed said that an advanced copy of the budget had been received by the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udo Udoma.
According to Mohammed, Udoma is expected to make the advance copy available to other Ministers to compare with the estimates they originally sent to the National Assembly. This, he said, was necessary to reconcile all anticipated discrepancies.