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Osinbajo will sign 2017 budget, says Presidency

Acting President Osinbajo addressing the PEBEC Acting President Osinbajo addressing the PEBEC
Eleena Tovar | 20 May, 2017, 11:55

While addressing questions on who will sign the budget, between Acting President Yemi Osinbajo and President Muhammadu Buhari who is now on medical leave in London, the Minister said that, "when it is transmitted to the Presidency, that decision will be taken".

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.

Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed had earlier on Wednesday told newsmen that the presidency would wait for the National Assembly to transmit the 2017 budget as it was passed before determining how it would be signed. "It has not been transmitted officially to the Presidency".

But Osinbajo, via a Twitter statement by his spokesman, Laolu Akande, said the question on who would sign the budget was clear.

"The acting president is in office, and when the budget is transmitted, it will go through the processes and all those other questions will answer itself", he said.

Osinbajo is now presiding over today's Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting inside the Council Chambers of the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja.

He said all ministers would be required to look at the document against what they sent to the federal lawmakers and report back to Udoma for harmonisation.

The Minister said that decision will be taken when the 2017 budget is transmitted to the Presidency.