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Osinbajo Finally Signs 2017 Budget


By Toriola Olajide

More than three weeks after the document was passed by the National Assembly, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo at exactly 4:42pm on Monday signed the 2017 appropriation bill into law.

The event, which took place at the Vice President’s Conference Room at Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja was witnessed by Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker of the House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara among others.

The document tagged budget of growth and recovery was passed by the National Assembly on May 11, raising the estimate to N7.44 trillion from the N7.28 trillion presented by President Muhammadu Buhari in December 2016.

Also at the signing ceremony were the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan, Senator Danjuma Goje and Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari.

The Head of Service, Winifred Oyo-Ita, Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udoma Udo Udoma, Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly matters (Senate), Ita Enang, and Senator Phillip Aduda, were also at the event.

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