After reaching a deal with members of the National Assembly over disagreements on the budget, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has finally signed the 2013 Appropriation Bill into law.Below is the statement from the Presidency;
STATE HOUSE PRESS RELEASE
PRESIDENT JONATHAN ASSENTS TO THE 2013 APPROPRIATION BILL
Following consultations and an agreement between the Executive and the Legislature on the 2013 Appropriation Bill, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan today signed the bill into law.
President Jonathan wishes to reassure all Nigerians that the consultations have been in the best interest of the country, and in pursuit of understanding and mutual cooperation between both arms of government.
As part of the understanding reached with its leadership, the observations of the executive arm of government about the Appropriation Bill as passed by the National Assembly will be further considered by the National Assembly through legislative action, to ensure effective and smooth implementation of the 2013 Appropriation Act in all aspects.
The administration remains fully committed to the positive transformation of the country, and effective and efficient service delivery for the benefit of all citizens.
All Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the Federal Government have therefore been directed to work very hard to ensure that all the services, projects and programmes contained in the budget are successfully delivered on schedule in spite of the slight delay in its enactment.
Special Adviser to the President
(Media and Publicity)
February 26, 2013