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Presidency reveals why Osinbajo postponed budget signing

The official says ministers were clamouring for some changes in the budget – Ita Enang, senior special assistant to the president on Senate matters, states that no date has been set for the signing of the 2017 budget

A presidency official has revealed why acting president, Yemi Osinbajo, cancelled a meeting for the signing of the 2017 budget scheduled for Thursday, June 1.

GistMall.com earlier reported that Osinbajo, had invited Senate president, Bukola Saraki and speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, to the Aso Rock for the signing of the 2017 budget. The meeting between Osinbajo and the leadership of the National Assembly was scheduled to take place on Thursday, June 1, by 9am according to The Cable.

But later on Wednesday evening, May 31, the leadership of the national assembly was informed that the exercise would no longer go on as planned. An official in the presidency, detailing why the meeting for the signing of the 2017 budget did not take place, said some of the ministers were clamouring for some changes in the budget, Vanguard reports.

According to the official, the final figures approved by the National Assembly were much lower than what the president submitted. The official said there was extensive consultations between the presidency and ministers, on one hand and National Assembly members on the other over the budget.

Speaking on the issue, Ita Enang, senior special assistant to the president on Senate matters said that no date has been set for the signing of the 2017 budget. “There are ongoing consultations between the executive and the legislature over the budget. Consultations have not been concluded,” Enang told Reuters.

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