The Senior Special Assistant to President Buhari on National Assembly matters, Ita Enang, has declared that President Muhammadu Buhari will assent the 2017 budget despite being on medical vacation.
Speaking in an interview in an interview on Channels Television’s political programme, Politics, Ita Enang explained that the President will sign the budget and then transmit it to the acting President for other formalities to take place.
“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.”
His position overrules that of Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, who had stated that the acting president will sign the budget.
“Just so we are clear: when the time comes, everything is set, & he is satisfied, Ag. President Yemi Osinbajo will assent to the 2017 Budget,” Akande had tweeted on Wednesday night.
Ita Enang also confirmed that the Presidency received the budget on Wednesday afternoon.
It would be recalled that Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, had said there is no decision yet on who will assent to the 2017 budget.
Speaking on Wednesday afternoon while addressing State House correspondents after the Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting.
Reacting to a question on whether the budget will be signed by Osinbajo or taken to Buhari in London, the minister said: “When it (the budget) is transmitted to the Presidency, that decision (on who to sign) will be taken.”
Mohammed also stated that if there were any discrepancies in the budget presented and the one passed, the executive would report to Udoma for harmonization.
the House of Representatives on May 11, passed the 2017 Budget of 7.441 trillion Naira.