President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday failed to keep to the time he had scheduled for the presentation of the 2017 budget to the national assembly.
In a letter to the senate read by Bukola Saraki last week, the president said he would present the budget to a joint session of the national assembly at 10 am on Wednesday, December 14, 2016.
He also said he would use the occasion to speak on his plans to get the economy out of recession.
But as of the time of filing this report, Buhari was not at the national assembly.
On Monday, President Buhari travelled to Gambia as part of a delegation of ECOWAS heads of state mediating in the political impasse in the West African country, and he was expected to return on Tuesday.
Reports from the National Assembly confirm some principal officers of the national assembly are already on the ground waiting for the president.
A senior national assembly official said some principal officers were already at the national assembly as of 8am.
“Really, we wonder what the priority of the president is? This is like a disregard for the legislature,” he said.
A fortnight ago, the federal executive council, FEC, approved the 2017 budget, which is estimated to be N7.02 trillion. The 2016 budget is N6.08 trillion.
Next year’s budget is predicated on an oil benchmark of $42.5 per barrel.