President Muhammadu Buhari has delayed signing the 2016 Budget a week after it was passed by the two chambers of the National Assembly.
According to This Day, a source at the presidency confirmed that the president had received the budget but was in no hurry to give his assent because what was sent to him only contained highlights and not the full budget.
The highlights, the source said, do not contain the amendments made to the budget by the lawmakers. He explained that “the president has been handicapped in signing the bill because he does not know what is contained in the details and what adjustments the National Assembly must have made to the proposal sent to them.”
He continued, “Although he is anxious to sign the document so that its implementation can start immediately, he is afraid he may later discover, when the details are sent, that what is contained therein is not implementable. He wishes the National Assembly could send in the details speedily so that it could be considered for assent.”
Still another source said, “As it is, the Budget Office cannot also work on the budget for implementation because it is the details and not the highlights that they convert into implementable templates for the respective MDAs.”