…Acting President has the power to sign the budget, Enang recounts
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, on Friday, received the passed 2017 Budget from the National Assembly.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang, transmitted the bill to the acting president.
Speaking with the State House Correspondents shortly after the submission, Ita Enang clarified that Osinbajo has the power to sign the budget.
“The budget as passed by the National Assembly has just been transmitted to the Acting President. I just delivered it.
Let me use this opportunity to clarify an issue. The Acting President has the power to assent to the budget and he will assent to it when the processes are completed.
“The Acting President has the power to assent to the budget. In February, he assented to 7 or 8 bills. Those that he didn’t agree with, he wrote the Senate and House of Representatives that he had withheld his assent from them.
“He has the power of the president to assent to it. But the assent to the Appropriation Bill will be after the completion of the standard operation process. The bill has 30 days within which it will be assented to but the process can be completed within two or three days.
“So, it is not possible to say it will be assented to in so, so and so day or in two or three days. It’s upon the completion of the process that it will be assented to by the president and the president here now is the acting president,” he said.
“To fear the world US has led for the better part of a century, abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe and refuse the obligations of international leadership… for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solving problems is unpatriotic. “
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