Buhari yet to receive passed Budget 2018 – Minister

President Muhammadu Buhari (M) receives President of the Senate, Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki and The Speaker of the Federal House Representatives Rt Hon Yakubu Dogara at the State house in Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. MAY 7 2018.
President Muhammadu Buhari (M) with President of the Senate, Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki and The Speaker of the Federal House Representatives Rt Hon Yakubu Dogara at the State house in Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE.

One week after the 2018 budget was passed by the two chambers of the National Assembly, it is yet to be transmitted to President Muhammadu Buhari for assent.

This was revealed Wednesday by the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udo Udoma, while responding to inquiries from State House correspondents at the end of the meeting of Federal Executive Council (FEC).

Mr Udoma said a media report credited to him that Mr Buhari would not sign the budget was not true.

“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,” Mr Udoma said.

Both chambers of the Assembly had on May 16, 2018 approved the budget estimates submitted by Mr Buhari on November 7, 2017.

The lawmakers also raised the total figure from N8.6 trillion to N9.1 trillion, six months after it was presented.

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