What is no longer news to many is the fact that President Muhammadu Buhari, on Monday, signed into law the 2019 budget, but, what transpired between the president and Deputy Senate president, Ike Ekweremadu, remains unknown to many.
Thankfully, you are about to find out.
The President, during Monday’s signing of the 2019 appropriation bill of N8.91 trillion into law, had National Assembly Leadership and some members of the Nataional Executive Council as guest witnesses.
He was merely accenting on a bill he National Assembly had already passed into law after increasing the budget size from its initial N8.83 trillion.
Then the moment Senator Ike Ekweremadu (Deputy Senate President) made a fashion Statement.
And that caught the attention and admiration of Mr President.
He wore black, shortsleeved Coat-of-Arms-patterned ‘Isi agu’, albiet not designed with the signature tiger head, but still passed for the conventional Igbo “Isi Agu” attire.
While it caught the President’s attention, the DSP has promised to make one for him.
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Fashion Statement Award of the Day goes to Deputy Senate President @iamekweremadu, for his black, shortsleeved Coat-of-Arms-patterned ‘Buba’. It caught the President’s attention, and admiration, and the DSP has promised to make one for him. #AsoVillaToday pic.twitter.com/DC5mzzag7Q
— tolu ogunlesi (@toluogunlesi) May 27, 2019
The deputy senate President, who visited Gombe State over theweekend to commission landmark projects executed by Gov. Ibrahim Dankwambo, was seen excited that the president picked interest in his looks.
H.E @MBuhari @NGRPresident signed the 2019 #Budget2019 a while ago. This is a welcome development for the nation's economy and government businesss. However, we still have to address the challenge of late laying and approval of budget. pic.twitter.com/BCZT2T6Q2L
— Ike Ekweremadu (@iamekweremadu) May 27, 2019
Ekweremadu expressed delight at the signing of the budget, saying it was a welcome development for the nation’s economy and government businesss.
He However, admitted much work needed to be donedto address the challenge of late laying and approval of budget in the country.
At 11.15am today President @MBuhari signed the 2019 Appropriation Bill – Budget of Continuity – into Law. #AsoVillaToday #Budget2019 pic.twitter.com/RtlXxQZz6h
— Presidency Nigeria (@NGRPresident) May 27, 2019
Meanwhile the presidency has explained that originally proposed a total expenditure of N8.83 trillion to the National Assembly for appropriation.
The Bill then passed by NASS 2019 and signed into Law today provides for a total of N8.92 trillion, an increase of N90.33 billion over the original submission.
Present at the Presidential Villa for the ceremony are the speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, the chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriation, Danjuma Goje, the minister of Budget and National Planning, Udoma Udo Udoma, the senior special assistant on National Assembly matters, Ita Enang.
Also at the ceremony are the minister of finance, Zainab Ahmed, minister of information, Lai Mohammed, Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha.
The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, however, arrived late for the signing ceremony.
PRESIDENT BUHARI SIGNS THE 2019 APPROPRIATION BILL INTO LAW.
President Muhammadu Okechukwu Buhari has signed the 2019 Budget.
Says he will work with the incoming 9th National Assembly to return to the January-December budget cycle.
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— Lauretta Onochie (@Laurestar) May 27, 2019