President Goodluck Jonathan, Tuesday night signed the 2013 budget of the Federal Government into law averting an unprecedented constitutional crisis and a face off with the National Assembly.
Confirmation of the president’s assent of the budget came as the House of Representatives spoiled for war at a closed door session of the House.
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At the end of the closed door session, the House had resolved to mandate its leadership to consult with the senate on taking action concerning the president’s purported refusal to give his assent to the budget.
President Jonathan, however, took the wind of the sail of his critics , when he signed the budget into law despite of what the presidency described as its reservations.
The president of the senate, Senator David Mark, Speaker Aminu Tambuwal of the House of Representatives, Special Adviser to the president on National Assembly matters, Senator Joy Emodi were among other dignitaries present at the signing ceremony on Tuesday.
A statement issued by Dr. Rueben Abati, Special Adviser to the president on media and publicity said further legislative actions would be taken by the National Assembly to address the observations made by the presidency on the N4.98 trillion budget passed by the National Assembly.
The President had last October presented to the National Assembly a N4.92 spending proposal which the National Assembly, however, hiked to N4.98 before it passed it last December.