Since the grey areas in the 2016 budget causing the conflict between the National Assembly and the Presidency have been resolved, the Appropriation Bill will be signed unfailingly by Friday, Senate Leader, Ali Ndume said.
Speaking in a private chat with The Punch Newspaper, Ndume also said the national assembly would ensure President Muhammadu Buhari signs the 2016 budget as soon as possible.
Ndume stated, “There is no cause for concern as all issues relating to the budget have been taken care of by the leadership of the National Assembly.
“I assure Nigerians that all the areas of concern would be resolved this week and the President will sign the budget.”
He also reiterated that the late signing of the budget would not affect the implementation of government laudable programmes for the people.
It was gathered that the reconciliation committee of the national assembly, chaired by Yusuf Lasun, is completing work on the production a clean copy of the budget, which will be submitted to President Buhari.
“The committee has been quite busy; the members worked all night Thursday and Friday last week.
“What is happening now is that the members are putting finishing touches to the budget before forwarding a clean copy to Mr. President.
“It will certainly be this week; counting Tuesday, Wednesday, the signed budget should be ready,” a senior legislative aide said.