The Executive Arm of government has failed to submit the 2018 budget to the National Assembly in October, as earlier promised.

However, the Leadership of the lawmaking arm believes the budget will still be passed before December 31, 2017.

The Senate president, Bukola Saraki gave the assurance on Tuesday while addressing reporters after a dinner with the president.

President Buhari had invited principal officers of the National Assembly for an interactive dinner at the Villa.

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On the 2018 appropriation bill, Saraki noted that the Nigerian parliament is awaiting a presentation by the executive.

"We will receive it when they are ready," he said.

According to him, the dinner did not only present an opportunity for a meeting with President Buhari, but afforded them an opportunity to interact with President Buhari since he returned from medical vacation.

"As you know, since he got back we have not really had an opportunity to meet with him as part of the stakeholders," he said.

The Senate President added that this was the first time for such interaction with the leadership of Nigeria's parliament.

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"The meeting was to welcome him to show our gratitude that he has come back healthy and continue to assure him that we will continue to cooperate with the executive and also to acknowledge the role we played while he was away that brought stability.

"We thank all the members for the patriotic approach they handled the administration’s affairs in his absence," he said.

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