We have received 2017 Budget from National Assembly - Presidency

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Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday signed three executive orders expected to change some of the ways government business and operations are conducted in the country.

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has received the details of the 2017 appropriation bill recently passed by the National Assembly.

But the doubts have been put to rest since the constitution clearly stipulates that, in the absence of the President, and where the president fully transmits power to his vice in a case he is unable to steer the presidential affairs, then his vice assumes full control as Acting president.

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 said all ministers would be required to look at the document against what they sent to the federal lawmakers and report back to Udoma for harmonisation.

"The Ministry of Budget and National Planning‎ will make the implementation of the 2016 budget public".

On the performance of the 2016 budget, Mohammed said about N1.2trillion was released for capital expenditure.

The controversy over the assent of 2017 budget is not going away anytime soon as Ita Enang, special adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on national assembly matters, says "Mr president" will sign 2017 budget into law.

Those awaiting their swearing in are Mr Stephen Ocheni, who is from Kogi State, nominated to replace James Ocholi who died in an accident a year ago, and Suleiman Hassan from Gombe State, a replacement for Amina Mohammed who has joined the United Nations (UN) as its Deputy Secretary General.

However he was not specific on when the inauguration will take place. "It is only then that we will require more money, but now, we don't need additional money", the minister said.