President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has arrived at the National Assembly complex to present the proposed 2024 budget to a joint sitting of the National Assembly.
Tinubu, who arrived a few minutes past 11 am, on Wednesday, in the company of some Ministers and top aides, was ushered into the temporary chamber of the House of Representatives, the venue of the budget presentation.
The N27.5 trillion Appropriation Bill is the first to be presented by President Tinubu since his assumption of office on May 29, 2023.
He had, on the last day of October, transmitted the 2023 supplementary budget of N2.17 trillion to the National Assembly for consideration and approval.
Both the Senate and the House of Representatives passed the budget a few days later with little adjustments in some sectoral allocations. The president signed the budget on 8 November.
After Tinubu arrived at the podium of the joint National Assembly, the lawmakers took the national anthem.
Some government officials on the president’s entourage includes the Chief of Staff Femi Gbajabiamila, Secretary to the Government of the Federation George Akume and the National Chairman of the APC, Abdullahi Ganduje.
In his welcome address, Mr Akpabio assured the president that the National Assembly will maintain a good relationship with the executive arm of government
“We will continue to work hand in hand and eye to eye with the executive as enshrined in the constitution,” he said.
The senate president said the federal lawmakers will ensure a proper scrutiny of the 2024 budget before passage.