The rectified version of the 2016 budget has been finally handed over to the Presidency through the Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters Senate (Senator), Ita Enang.
Speaking to pressmen on Thursday, the Deputy Chairman of House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Jonathan Gaza, said that the final conclusion and onward transmission of the corrected version of the Appropriation Bill, which had suffered delay, had been transmitted to the Presidency; although, he did not state when and how.
He said: “It is the same media that has kept the whole country abreast. Don’t forget that we are equally Nigerians and it is our desire for the country to move forward.
“A committee was set up, which was in the papers and was headed by the deputy speaker. Members from the Senate as well as the executive arm looked at the budget and I believe the resolutions have been transmitted or rather the resolutions have been submitted to the President.
“I am quite optimistic and I enjoin all other Nigerians, including yourselves, to be as optimistic as me that in the very near future, this budget will be signed into law.”
Speaking on when the budget was submitted and whether it was an amendment that was submitted, the House Deputy spokesman said:
“Well, I honestly believe that we have to be quite careful with our choice of words.
“Over time, there have been differences and both arms of government had sat down to look at what those issues are. Most importantly, what we want is to see our country and our economy moving forward.”
Meanwhile, impeccable sources close to the Presidency confirmed that it was Senator Ita Enang who collected the budget from the 10-man committee of the National Assembly, headed by the Deputy Speaker of House of Representatives, Yusuf Lasun.