Osinbajo Overrules Lai Mohammed, Ita Enang, Says He Will Sign Budget Into Law

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has cleared all doubts about who will sign the 2017 budget recently passed by the National Assembly into law.

Osinbajo said he would sign the budget into law after vetting by the Presidency.

There has been a controversy among ministers of the Federal Republic on who will sign the budget into law.

While the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed told State House reporters after the Federal Executive Council meeting chaired by Osinbajo that the decision on who to sign the budget would be taken when the document is transmitted to the Presidency, the Senior Special Assistant to President Buhari on National Assembly Matters, Ita Enang, Wednesday said President Buhari will be the one to assent it.

Speaking in an interview with Channels TV, Enang confirmed that the presidency received the budget late yesterday afternoon and that when it is finally looked into, it would be transmitted to President Buhari who will sign it and then transfer it to acting President Yemi Osinbajo for other formalities to take place.

“The 2017 budget will be transmitted to Mr president and the President will assent to the budget. 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.

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

According to the statement, when the time comes, everything is set and he is satisfied, the acting president will sign the budget.

“Just so we are clear: when the time comes, everything is set and he is satisfied, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo will assent to the 2017 budget,” the statement read.

Meanwhile, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has denied telling State House correspondents after the Federal Executive Council meeting that a decision was yet to be reached on who would sign the budget.

He said the budget which was passed last Thursday by the National Assembly had not been formally transmitted to the Executive.

He, however, disclosed that the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udoma Udoma, had received the advance copy.

Mohammed also stated that if there were any discrepancies in the budget presented and the one passed, the Executive would report to Udoma for harmonisation.


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