Buhari to Present 2018 Budget to National Assembly Today?

President Muhammadu Buhari is expected today to present the 2018 budget estimates to a joint session of the National Assembly.

Sources at the Presidency and the Executive said they completed arrangements for the presentation of the fiscal document to the National Assembly.

The Federal Executive Council had, at its meeting presided over by President Buhari last Thursday, approved the draft budget proposal.

A source told Daily Trust that the president had got the nod of the National Assembly’s principal officers for the submission of the document.

“Yes, arrangements have been completed, the budget will be presented to the legislature this Thursday so that they can begin working on it in earnest,” said another source.

Minister of Budget & National Planning, Udoma Udoma, had last week said that the executive would fulfil its promise of getting the budget proposal ready in October.

“We are liaising with the National Assembly because they have to approve the date for the president to come and address them to submit the budget. Before now, we used to submit in December, but now, the budget is ready in October. So, there is a very big difference,” Udoma had stated while addressing journalists shortly after last week’s FEC meeting.