Jonathan signs 2013 budget

President Goodluck Jonathan, Tuesday night signed the 2013 budget of the Federal Government into law after consultations and an agreement between the Executive and the Legislature.

The presidency and National Assembly had disagreed over the bill which the executive described as excessive.

The signing followed a close door session of the House of Representatives. The House had resolved to mandate its leadership to consult with the senate on taking action concerning the president’s purported refusal to give his assent to the budget.

A statement issued by Dr. Rueben Abati, Special Adviser to the president on media and publicity said further legislative actions would be taken by the National Assembly to address the observations made by the presidency on the N4.98 trillion budget passed by the National Assembly.

According to him, President Jonathan wishes to reassure Nigerians that the consultations over the budget have been in the best interest of the country, and in pursuit of understanding and mutual cooperation between both arms of government.

“As part of the understanding reached with its leadership, the observations of the executive arm of government about the Appropriation Bill as passed by the National Assembly will be further considered by the National Assembly through legislative action, to ensure effective and smooth implementation of the 2013 Appropriation Act in all aspects.

“The administration remains fully committed to the positive transformation of the country, and effective and efficient service delivery for the benefit of all citizens.

“All Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the Federal Government have therefore been directed to work very hard to ensure that all the services, projects and programmes contained in the budget are successfully delivered on schedule in spite of the slight delay in its enactment” Abati stated.

Among other dignitaries present at the signing ceremony were the president of the senate, Senator David Mark, Speaker Aminu Tambuwal of the House of Representatives, Special Adviser to the president on National Assembly matters, Senator Joy Emodi.

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