By Johnbosco Agbakwuru, Joseph Erunke, Levinus Nwabughoigu
ABUJA— PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan has delegated the Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, to present the 2014 budget at the joint session of the National Assembly.
This was contained in a letter President Jonathan wrote to the Senate, yesterday, where he notified the upper chamber that the minister would be performing the budget presentation, which is expected to take place today.
The letter, which was read by the Senate President, David Mark stated: “I have delega-ted the Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance to lay before the distinguished Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria the 2014 budget estimates.”
Vanguard had recently reported that the Coordinating Minister would present the 2014 budget, following the insinuations that some members of the House of Representatives had planned to embarrass the President.
The presentation was made possible after the intervention of the leadership of the National Assembly over the disagreement on the oil benchmark between the Senate and House of Representatives.
Meanwhile, the House of Representatives, in a unanimous vote, suspended all its relevant rules to enable it welcome the Minister of Finance today for the budget presentation.