National Assembly Transmits 2019 Budget To Buhari After 10-day Delay
President Buhari presents a reduced budget for 2019 to the National Assembly (image courtesy Channels TV)

The National Assembly has reportedly transmitted the 2019 Appropriation Bill to President Muhammadu Buhari for assent.

Concise News reports that the national budget was passed by both the Senate and House of Representatives on April 30, 2019

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According to Sunday Punch, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (House of Representatives), Umar el-Yakub, said the budget had been transmitted.

“Yes, it has (been transmitted) on Thursday evening. But you know that they (executive) will have to analyse it before it is assented to,” he said.

When asked if the bill had been delivered to the President, el-Yakub said, “You asked if it had been transmitted and I said yes. When you asked if it was with the President, it may not be with the President; it has to be analysed. You just don’t sign budgets because they have been passed (by the legislature).

“First, it was a budget proposal. So, one needs to look at it and see. The National Assembly has passed it. It will go to the President who will analyse it and sign it as usual.”

When el-Yakub was informed that some senior officials of the National Assembly as of Friday said the budget was still being worked on, he said, “No, it has been transmitted.”