Ahead of the presentation of the 2017 Appropriation Bill to the National Assembly, President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday met behind closed doors with the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Speaking with State House correspondents after the meeting, the Senate President assured that the document, which was approved yesterday by the Federal Executive Council, FEC, would be presented to the parliament within the next 10 days.

He expressed optimism that given the level of works that had gone into the preparation, the budget would be passed into law by the National Assembly earlier than the time it took for previous ones to be passed.

According to him, “I came for consultation with the President on a number of national issues. We are all getting towards the end of the year, getting the budget. Just regular consultation.

“We are ready, once the document comes to us, we are ready. I think this time around, a lot of works have taken place behind the scene.

“There is a lot more collaboration and you will see the result of that in the timeframe it will take after the President will have presented it.”

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