Osinbajo Reportedly Cancels Thursday's Signing Of 2017 Budget

  • In Cross River State, Commission  Calabar Monorail, Other Projects

By Nse Anthony-Uko

ABUJA, (Sundiata Post) — The Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly, Senator Ita Enang, said consultations are still being held on the budget.

The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, is currently in Cross River State in continuation of his Niger Delta visits.

During the visit, Acting President Osinbajo will commission the Calabar Monorail, the Calabar International Convention Centre and the Cross River Garment Factory.

He will thereafter visit the Calabar Rice City located at the Ayade Industrial Park, and also inspect the Calabar Pharmaceutical Company both of which are currently under construction.

Prof. Osinbajo will wrap up his official visit to the state with a Town Hall meeting and clinic to engage with owners of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in Cross River.

Speaking on the 2017 budget signing, Senator  Enang said, “There is no date fixed for the signing of the 2017 budget yet, the Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly” Enang said consultations are still being held on the budget.

“Further to several enquiries regarding action on the 2017 Appropriation Bill by the Executive, please be informed that Assent to same is not yet scheduled as consultations and engagements are ongoing,” he told Punch.

It had earlier been reported that Osinbajo would sign the 2017 appropriation bill into law on Thursday, June 1.

The reports quoted Enang as officially informing the leadership of the National Assembly on Wednesday that the budget would be signed on Thursday.

However, The Cable reports that the Presidency cancelled the budget signing on Wednesday evening for undisclosed reason.

Initially, there was a controversy about who would sign the budget, but Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, has since made it clear that the Acting President would assent the document “when the time comes, everything is set, and  he (Osinbajo) is satisfied.”

The budget was passed by the National Assembly on May 11, and delivered to Osinbajo on May 19.

 

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