President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, May 27, in Abuja signed the 2019 budget into law.
The National Assembly had earlier passed the 2019 Budget of N8.92trn, as against N8.83trn presented by President Buhari on December 18, 2018.
According to The Nation, the increase of N90bn in the budget was to cater for security challenges in the country, packages for lawmakers and support for Zamfara state.
But signing the budget on Monday, President Buhari reportedly faulted the increase in the budget, which introduced new projects.
Present at the Presidential Villa for the ceremony are the speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, the chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriation, Danjuma Goje, the minister of Budget and National Planning, Udoma Udo Udoma, the senior special assistant on National Assembly matters, Ita Enang, Legit.ng gathers.
Also at the ceremony are the minister of finance, Zainab Ahmed, minister of information, Lai Mohammed, Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha.
The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, however, arrived late for the signing ceremony.
He arrived the president’s office by 11.17am
The deputy Senate president, Ike Ekweremadu, who represented him at the ceremony, had disclosed that Saraki was coming straight to the Villa from the airport.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Women Aspirants Forum of the All Progressives Congress (APC) had begun 21 days fasting and prayer to help usher in President Buhari for a second term in office.
National leader of the forum, Adedoyin Eshanumi told journalists in Abuja on Sunday, May 26, that the fasting and prayer was to facilitate the removal of any obstacle that could hinder the president’s second term inauguration on May 29 in Abuja.
Eshanumi also said that the fasting and prayer was to make God to grant the president the good health, strength, and wisdom needed to lead the country to the next level.
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