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Jonathan signs 2013 Budget

27 February 2013, 09:02

Abuja - President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday in Abuja signed the 2013 Appropriation Bill into law.

This is contained in a statement issued by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr Reuben Abati.

The statement said that the signing of the budget followed consultations and an agreement reached between the executive and the legislature.

``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.

``The Appropriation Bill as passed by the National Assembly will be further considered by the National Assembly through legislative action.

``This is to ensure effective and smooth implementation of the 2013 Appropriation Act in all aspects,” the statement said.

It stressed that the Federal Government remained fully committed to the positive transformation of the country, and effective and efficient service delivery for the benefit of all citizens.

It directed Ministries, Departments and Agencies to work hard to ensure that services, projects and programmes contained in the budget are delivered on schedule.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the National Assembly sent the 2013 Appropriation Bill of N4.987 trillion to the president for assent on Jan. 14 as against the N4.924 trillion presented by the executive.



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