2017 Appropriation Bill Will Be Signed Next Week – Dogara

Yakubu Dogara disclosed that 2017 Appropriation Bill will be signed into law early next week.
Yakubu Dogara (Left)

By Oladipupo Mojeed

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, on Friday, disclosed that 2017 Appropriations Bill will be signed into law early next week.

The speaker also revealed that the presidency is expected to sign the 2017 budget into law next week.

Dogara stated this during an event to mark two years since parliament was convened after elections in 2015.

“The 2017 Appropriations Bill … will be signed into law early next week,” said Yakubu Dogara, speaker of the House of Representatives,


This is in an effort to pull Africa’s biggest economy out of its first recession in 25 years.

Nigeria’s recession was largely caused by low oil prices and militant attacks on Niger Delta energy facilities in 2016. Oil sales make up two-thirds of government revenue.

Meanwhile, two presidency sources, who did not want to be named, also said the budget would be signed next week.

The record 7.44 trillion naira budget passed by parliament’s upper chamber on May 11 was bigger than the 7.298 trillion naira draft spending plan submitted by Buhari in December.

A government official last week said the presidency and lawmakers were still in talks over the spending plan.

Last year’s budget, passed in May 2016, was delayed for months due to disagreements between lawmakers and the presidency over spending plans that cut the supply of government money and deepened the economic crisis.

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