NASS to transmit 2018 budget to Buhari today

NASS to transmit 2018 budget to Buhari today

By Patience Danjuma

Barring any unforeseen circumstance, President Muhammadu Buhari will receive the passed 2018 Appropriation Bill today.

Senate President Bukola Saraki gave this assurance at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Thursday.

Saraki was speaking to State House correspondents after he and many senators broke Ramadan fast with the President at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

The Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udoma Udoma, had after the cabinet meeting on Wednesday said the National Assembly was yet to transmit the passed budget to Buhari for assent.

Udoma had said when the passed budget is transmitted to the Executive; it would be promptly examined and worked on.

The minister had also dismissed reports quoting him as saying that the president would not sign the passed fiscal document into law.

“The president is yet to receive the budget. It is, therefore, impossible to make a statement about the budget that has not been received.

“Once we get it, we will work very quickly on it. When it is submitted, I am sure the National Assembly themselves will inform Nigerians,” Udoma had said.

The National Assembly had last Wednesday passed the 2018 budget, increasing the proposal of N8.612 trillion presented by Buhari in December last year to N9.120 trillion.  

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