The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Ita Enang, has said the Acting President has the powers to assent to the 2017 budget.
Enang told State House correspondents that the Acting President has the constitutional power to assent to the bill once he is satisfied with the content, shortly after he presented the budget to Osinbajo.
He recalled that Osinbajo had in February during President Muhammadu Buhari’s first medical vacation of the year signed some bills into law in his capacity as the Acting President.
While saying there is a window of 30 days within which the document can either be signed or returned to the National Assembly, Enang said it would be difficult as of now to say when the document would be signed into law.
The presidential aide said, “The budget as passed by the National Assembly has just been transmitted to the Acting President. I just delivered it.
“Let me use this opportunity to clarify an issue. The Acting President has the power to assent to the budget and he will assent to it when the processes are completed.