Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Nigeria's 2016 Budget Goes Missing, Saraki Reacts

According to online publication, The Cable, the 2016 budget presented to the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari is now missing. 

The budget was presented to the house on December 22, 2015 but a top official of the national assembly, who did not want to be named, told The Cable that the budget can no longer be found. 

The “missing budget” was the crux of the discussion at Tuesday’s executive session of the senate, which lasted more than an hour.

 “The truth is there is no 2016 budget at the National Assembly at present,” the source said. 

“When a package supposedly containing the budget was laid by the president last year, the national assembly received it but did not open it. This was done in the hope of presenting the raw copy of the budget before members after the Christmas break. But we cannot find it. 

“The Senate President Bukola Saraki is heading for the presidential villa to discuss the issue with the president. It is out of respect for the executive that the legislature is managing the situation. “

Although, some contents of the budget have been published in the newspapers, the national assembly officially has no copy.”

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, after a brief behind closed-doors meeting with President Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Tuesday, January 12, declined to speak to journalists on the allegedly missing 2016 Budget proposal.  

The Nation reports that when asked a question on the budget, Saraki exclaimed “Ha, ha, ha,” and jumped into his vehicle. The vehicle immediately left the Presidential Villa.

It would be recalled, Buhari had on 22nd, December, 2015 presented the budget proposal to the joint session of the National Assembly. 

The National Assembly is expected to begin work on the Budget proposal today. However, it was learnt today, January 12, that some senators disclosed to correspondent of Daily Trust that the disappearance of the budget was announced by the Senate Leader Ali Ndume during the closed door session.

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