Senator Ita Enang, the Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly (Senate) has said no date has been fixed for the signing of the 2017 budget by the acting President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo.
Mr. Enang made this known in an electronic mail released to newsmen on Wednesday, in Abuja. He said consultations were still being held on the budget.
He stated, “Further to several enquiries regarding action on the 2017 Appropriation Bill by the executive, please, be informed that assent to same has not yet been scheduled as consultations and engagements are ongoing.”
Some online media had earlier on Wednesday reported that Osinbajo would sign the 201 appropriation bill into law on Thursday.
The reports quoted Enang as officially informing the leadership of the National Assembly on Wednesday of the imminent signing of the Appropriation Bill.
The budget was passed by the National Assembly on May 11. On May 19, it was delivered to acting President Osinbajo by Enang.
There was controversy over who would sign the budget but the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the acting President, Laolu Akande, said his principal would sign the budget.
Also, the Ag. President’s spokesman, Mr Laolu Akande said the budget would be signed after consultations between Presidency & National Assembly to resolve some identifued issues.
Just an update on the 2017 budget: Consultations still going on between Presidency & National Assembly to resolve some identifued issues
— Laolu Akande (@akandeoj) May 31, 2017