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President to sign budget today, May 6

Buhari is said to have received the corrected and ready-to-sign version of the budget on Thursday, May 5.

President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Minister of Budget and National Planning Senator Udoma Udo Udoma read copies of the details of the submitted 2016 national budget by the National Assembly in Abuja, Nigeria April 10, 2016

According to a source, who spoke to The Nation, Buhari will be ready to sign the budget today.

“All things being equal, the President will on Friday assent the 2016 Budget. The two committees have finished their work and a clean copy is now with the Presidency,” the source said.

“There are high chances that the budget will be signed tomorrow (today). In fact, I can tell you that the chances are up to 70 percent, because all the necessary things have been done and the president is already in possession of the document,” another source told Daily Trust.

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The budget has been the centre of controversy since it was reported missing from the Assembly premises in January.

Senate President, Bukola Saraki later said that two different versions of the document had been submitted to the legislative house.

The controversy led to the sacking of the Director General of the budget office, Yahaya Gusau and the redeployment of 22 officialsfrom the Ministry of Budget and National Planning.

The budget was finally passed on March 23, 2016 after the Senate and the House of Representatives both received the requisite report from the Joint Committee on Appropriation.

The controversy did not stop there however as President Buhari still refused to sign the budget due to issues with the final details sent by the Assembly.

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