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Why Buhari Is Yet To Sign 2019 Budget – Presidency



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The Presidency says President Muhammadu Buhari is still consulting on the N8.92tn 2019 budget and studying the provisions therein.

Africa News24 (AN24) reports that Buhari’s National Assembly Liaison Officer, Senator Ita Enang, made this known in an interview with The Punch in Abuja on Monday.

Enang said Buhari, having received the 2019 Appropriation Bill from the National Assembly, was within the number of days allowed by the 1999 Constitution to make a decision on whether to sign it or withhold his assent.

The expectation was that the President would sign it almost immediately, considering that the budget had long been delayed.

Findings indicated that the 2018 budget, still being implemented by the Federal Government, would run out its full cycle on June 20.

Buhari’s National Assembly Liaison Officer said the President would first consult and study the budget before making a decision.

Enang said so long as Buhari was acting within the constitutional provision of 30 days, he had not erred by not signing the budget as of Monday.

His words, “The constitution provides that when the President receives any bill from the National Assembly, there is a specific number of days that he uses to consult, study, scrutinise and make sure that it accords with a decision.

“So, the budget is still going through standard procedures. A decision will be communicated appropriately whenever it is reached within the stated number of days.”

Under Section 58 of the constitution, the President has up to 30 days to make up his mind on a bill transmitted to him the National Assembly.

Section 58(4-5) states, “Where a bill is presented to the President for assent, he shall within 30 days thereof signify that he assents or that he withholds assent.

“Where the President withholds his assent and the bill is again passed by each House by a two-thirds majority, the bill shall become a law and the assent of the President shall not be required.”

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