Omololu Ogunmade in Abuja
Senate President, Bukola Saraki, last night said the National Assembly was ready to receive the 2018 budget from President Muhammadu Buhari whenever he chooses to present it.
Saraki made this remark while answering questions from journalists after the dinner hosted by Buhari with principal officers of the National Assembly.
He said the dinner served as a forum to welcome the president back to the country after 103 days in London for medical vacation.
â€œMr President invited us for dinner as you know since he came back we have not had the opportunity to meet with him.
â€œHe has met with different stakeholders, this is the first meeting since returning to the country with the leadership of the National Assembly. â€œSo, the meeting is to welcome him and we are all grateful that he has come back and we are happy and we assured him that we will continue to cooperate with the executive and also to acknowledge the role we played while he was away. He thanked all the members for the patriotic approach they took on the period of his absence.â€™
Asked when the president would present the budget to the National Assembly, he said â€œthat question should be directed to the executive. We â€˜ll receive them whenever they are ready.â€