Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo on Monday, 12th of June, at about 4:40 p.m (Nigerian time) signed the 2017 appropriation bill into law.

The budget which was signed inside his conference room in the presence of the Chief of Staff to President Buhari, Abba Kyari; Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, Ministers and other top government officials is put at a figure of N7.44 trillion.

The Acting President said his signing of the budget was a milestone in the implementation of the economic and growth plan programme put in place by President Buhari in April.

He said the processes of putting the budget in place had been smoother than that of 2016 with no allegations of errors.

“There were far few cases of acrimony unlike in the past. There is no doubt at all that our democracy is maturing very well,” he said.

Recall that the National Assembly passed the 2017 Appropriations Bill on May 10 after raising from the N7.28 trillion earlier proposed by President Muhammadu Buhari in December last year, to N7.44 trillion (PremiumTimes)

The signing of the 2017 budget by Ag. Osinbajo further puts to rest speculations that he might have been delaying the signing of the budget to wait for President Buhari’s return.