BREAKING: Osinbajo Finally Signs 2017 Budget
Few minutes after his Commander-In-Chief gave him the go ahead, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has finally signed the 2017 budget.
Osinbajo appended his signature on the document at about 4:41pm inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The brief event was witnessed by principal officers of the National Assembly, presidential aides and other top government officials.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, had earlier said Buhari’s directive was conveyed to the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udo Udoma, in a letter dated June 10.
“Following the receipt of a full brief on the 2017 Appropriation Bill as passed by the National Assembly, and to buttress the unity at the highest level of government, President Muhammadu Buhari has indicated that it is in the interest of the nation’s economy for the Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, to sign the Appropriation Bill into law.
“In a letter dated June 10, 2017, which he personally signed and addressed to the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma, the President also said he was ‘pleased by the joint resolution that the Executive would submit next year’s budget proposals by October 2017 and the National Assembly will conclude the Appropriation process by December 2017, so that the country can return to a normal fiscal period from next year onwards,” the statement read.
Does this mean there are certain presidential decisions Acting President cannot take unless BABA approves them?