- Ita Enang says acting President Yemi Osinbajo will sign the budget
- He is the special adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on national assembly matters
- According to him, Osinbajo “is now the president here” to assent the 2017 budget
Special adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on national assembly matters, Ita Enang, has clarified his initial statement that “Mr President will assent the budget.”
The special adviser has recanted, saying acting President Yemi Osinbajo will sign the budget.
According to him, Osinbajo “is now the president here” to assent the 2017 budget.
He said this after the delivery of the 2017 budget to Osinbajo on Friday.
He said: “The budget as passed by the National Assembly has just been transmitted to the Acting President. I just delivered it."
“Let me use this opportunity to clarify an issue. The acting president has the power to assent to the budget and he will assent to it when the processes are completed.
“The Acting President has the power to assent to the budget. In February, he assented to 7 or 8 bills. Those that he didn’t agree with, he wrote the Senate and House of Representatives that he had withheld his assent from them.”
He however insisted that the president which is now Professor Osinbajo will sign the budget.
“He has the power of the president to assent to it. But the assent to the Appropriation Bill will be after the completion of the standard operation process.
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“The bill has 30 days within which it will be assented to but the process can be completed within two or three days. So, it is not possible to say it will be assented to in so, so and so day or in two or three days.
“It’s upon the completion of the process that it will be assented to by the president and the president here now is the acting president.”
Meanwhile, acting President Yemi Osinbajo has officially received 2017 Appropriation bill and it is currently undergoing very prompt and diligent consideration.
NAIJ.com gathered that the Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity to Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, Laolu Akande made this known in his tweet, confirming the readiness of the government to pass the budget after diligent consideration.
Nigerians were asked if they think Buhari should hand over to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo due to his health challenges.
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