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Read why President Buhari is yet to sign 2019 budget

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

It also 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.

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, Senator Ita Enang, said the President would first consult and study the budget before making a decision.

He  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.

Enang said, “The constitution provides that when the President receives any bill from the National Assembly, there is 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.

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