I Never Said FG Doesn’t Know Who Will Sign 2017 Budget – Lai Mohammed

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Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has reacted to media reports alleging he said that the Federal government does not know who will sign the 2017 budget. After the Federal Executive Council meeting today, some state house correspondents asked him questions regarding who would sign the 2017 budget.

According to Mohammed, the only response he gave was that when the budget is passed to the Executive from the National Assembly, the issue will be addressed. Some media houses interpreted his statement to mean the Federal government has no one to sign the budget. Lai denied the speculation in a statement released this evening. Read the statement below…
Our attention has been drawn to a story in a section of the media quoting the Honourable Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, as saying ”we don’t know who will sign the 2017 budget”. This quote is a malicious misrepresentation of what transpired at the post-Federal Executive Council Meeting press briefing on Wednesday, 17 May 2017. When the Minister was asked a question relating to the signing of the 2017 Budget, his response was: ”When it is transmitted to the Presidency, the issue will be addressed.” Anything beyond that response amounts to deliberate mischief and should be ignored.

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