The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has denied saying that the federal government does not know who will sign the 2017 budget into law when it is finally submitted to the Presidency.
The minister was reported to have told State House correspondents, after the weeklyFederal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Wednesday that the decision on who signs the budget will be taken “when it is transmitted to the Presidency”.
However, in a statement by his Special Adviser, Segun Adeyemi, the minister denied ever saying such a thing.
The statement read, “Our attention has been drawn to a story in a section of the media quoting, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture 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”, he stated.
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