All things being equal, the 2018 budget will be presented to the joint session of the National Assembly on Tuesday, November 7.

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday, wrote the House of Representatives seeking to present the estimates of the 2018 budget.

There was however a mild drama when Speaker, House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara read the President’s letter to his colleagues.

The lawmakers rejected the letter, stating that the budget ought to have been presented to the National Assembly on Tuesday, October 31, according to the timetable given by the Minister for Budget and National Planning.

The Speaker, however, reminded the lawmakers that they do not have constitutional powers to reject the presentation of the budget proposal by the President.

The letter, however, comes two days after the deadline proposed by the economic team for the President to present the 2018 budget.


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