Information Minister: 2017 Budget yet to be sent to Presidency
Mr. Akande announced this on Twitter on Wednesday.
He had told the reporters that a decision on who would sign the document between Osinbajo and President Muhammadu Buhari who is now in London, the United Kingdom for medical consultation would be taken at the appropriate time.
The needed presidential assent to the recently passed 2017 Appropriation bill may be delayed with the absence of President Muhammadu Buhari who is away on a medical follow-up in London, United Kingdom.
“Just so we are clear: when the time comes, everything is set and he is satisfied, Acting President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, will assent to the 2017 budget”, the statement read.
“2017 Budget -Appropriations bill now officially received in the Acting President’s office and undergoing very prompt and diligent consideration”, he wrote.
Ahead of the signing, the Acting President held an interactive session at the old Banquet Hall of Presidential Villa with all relevant government officials, including ministers, permanent secretaries and heads of departments and agencies among others.
We now need to look at it against what we sent and if there is any discrepancies we will report back to the Minister of Budget and National Planning on harmonisation.
The presidency assured that it would not hesitate to perform the all-important ritual, adding that the Clerk of the National Assembly was yet to transmit the document, even as it says it is anxiously waiting for it to arrive at Aso Rock.
Asked whether the executive had received the passed 2017 budget, he said: “In respect on the budget, it was only this morning that the Minister of National Planning informed the council that the budget has been passed”.