Senate president, Bukola Saraki, says President Buhari will sign the 2016 budget on or before next week Tuesday May 3rd. Speaking with State House correspondents at the end of a meeting the leaders in the National Assembly had with Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo yesterday April 26th, Saraki said all the grey areas in the budget will be ironed out in a matter of days and the budget will be ready for Buhari’s assent on or before next week Tuesday.
“We just finished a meeting with the president and vice president. We came to let them know some of the solutions that we found in moving the budget process forward and we are happy to say that we have agreed on the way forward and we believe that this process will be completed in matter of days rather than weeks. So it is good to Nigerians and all of us, we have found a way forward and in a matter of days the budget will be ready for president’s assent. We have committees that have been set up on our side and also on the executive side. We will engage over the next few days, to just tidy up a few loose ends and here and there and the outcome will be satisfactory to everybody.”
Asked if the budget will definitely be signed this week, he said:
“You heard what I have said, I said it is a matter of days and not weeks, so you can start counting the days which means that between now and Monday or Tuesday, I’m hopeful that the budget will be signed.”