The Information Minister, Lai Mohammed has disclosed on Wednesday evening, that the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, may not be allowed to sign the 2017 budget until the decision is taken over who should append his signature.
The Minister, said such a decision would be taken when the document is transmitted to the Presidency.
Lai Mohammed stated this while addressing State House Correspondents, after the Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting, presided over by Osinbajo.
He was responding to a question on whether the budget will be signed by Osinbajo, or taken to President Muhammadu Buhari, in London, where the latter is currently receiving medical treatment.
The Minister simply responded: “When it (the budget) is transmitted to the Presidency, that decision (on who to sign) will be taken.”
He said the budget which was passed last Thursday, by the National Assembly, had not been formally transmitted to the Executive.
He however, disclosed that the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udoma Udoma, had received the advance copy.
Mohammed, also stated that if there were any discrepancies in the budget presented and the one passed, the Executive would report to Udoma for harmonisation.
He said: “In respect on the budget, it was only this morning that the Minister of National Planning informed the Council that the budget has been passed. He has not sent to us individually, copies of the passed budget.
“We now need to look at it against what we sent, and if there are any discrepancies, we will report back to the Minister of Budget and National Planning, on harmonization.”
On whether the National Assembly had transmitted the budget to Executive, he said: “Not yet, but at least, the Minister of Budget and National Planning, has gotten an advanced copy of what was passed, and that is what we need to look at, and compare to what we sent. It has not been transmitted officially to the Presidency.”
Mohammed also stated that Ministry of Budget and National Planning would: “make the implementation of the 2016 budget, public. They have told us that about N1.2 trillion was released for capital.”