President Goodluck Jonathan on Friday handed over the much awaited 2014 budget to Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, and the Director, Budget Office, Dr. Bright Okogu, for implementation.
The move by the President followed his signing the document into law on Wednesday, said Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati.
Abati in a telephone interview with confirmed Okonjo-Iweala was not around when the President signed the budget two days ago, hence the need to formally hand over to her.
“The President actually signed the 2014 Budget two days ago. But you know that the Minister of Finance was not in town. So he needed to hand over to her and the Director Budget for onward transmission. That was what he did today. The ministry will be addressing the press in the next one hour,” he said..