2018 Appropriation Bill Will Be Sign Into Law Today, Presidency Affirms

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* As Adeosun Says N1.5trillion Capital Cost Issues To Ministries, Departments And Agencies In 2017 Budget

Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina debunked reports that today’s Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting was cancelled due to the signing of the 2018 Appropriation bill into law by President Muhammadu Buhari.

According to him, the FEC meeting will not hold due to the Eid-el-Fitr holidays last Friday and Monday which affected the preparation of council’s memoranda.

Adesina, revealed that the budget which would be assented to by 12pm today (Wednesday) would finally kickstart a new beginning for Nigeria.

Meanehile, speaking on the budget, Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun disclosed on Tuesday that a total of N1,580,270,755,084.44(One trillion, five hundred and eighty billion, two hundred and seventy million, seventeen hundred and fifty-five thousand, eighty-four naira, forty-four kobo) capital cost was released to Ministries, Departments and Agencies for the 2017 federal budget.

The 2017 budget was signed into law on June 12, 2017, by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in his capacity as acting President while Buhari was on months-long medical vacation in Great Britain.

Minister, Mrs Kemi Adeosun made this known in a statement on Tuesday said theN1.580 trillion total capital releases for 2017 was remarkably higher than theN1.219 trillion total capital releases for 2016.

“In the 2017 capital releases, Power, Works and Housing received the highest allocation of N523,011,701,723.25 which was 33.10 per cent of the total capital releases.

“The sector also received the highest releases in the 2016 capital budget, which was a total of N307,411,749,682.00 (25.21 per cent) of the 2016 capital budget.

“Defence and Security received the second highest capital releases of N197,596,016,072.02(12.50%)in 2017, as against N77,532,885,729.00 (6.36 per cent) total releases the sector received in 2016.

By Augustine Akhilomen

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