President Buhari Leaves For China Without Signing 2016 Budget Into Law

President Buhari would be travelling today, Sunday, April 10, 2016 for a one week working visit to the Peoples’ Republic of China; leaving the 2016 Appropriation Bill unsigned.

According to the presidential spokesman Buhari’s trip to China is aimed at securing greater support from Beijing for the development of Nigeria’s infrastructure.

The Senate and the House had passed the budget of N6.06tn on March 23 and forwarded it to the Presidency within 24 hours of the passage but the President refused to sign it and instead
insisted on seeing and reviewing the details ministry-by-ministry before appending his signature.

The details had since been made available to the President on Thursday. An expanded session of the Federal Executive Council meeting presided over by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo was held on Friday to review the details of the budget which the Minister of Information and Culture, Mr. Lai Mohammed, described as work in progress.

With the President away to China for one week, this means that the budget may not be signed this week except in the unlikely event that he signs it outside the country.