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2016 Budget Not Missing, Says Senate Spokesman

Posted: Jan 13, 2016 at 5:46 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)


Spokesman of the Nigerian Senate, Aliyu Abdullahi, has was not aware that the 2016 budget was missing.

The senator he spoke in an interview with Channels Television was reacting to the controversy that has trailed reports that the budget is missing.

This is amid further report that the issue of the whereabouts of the budget was discussed during the closed door meeting of the senate on Tuesday, after which the Senate had directed its Committee on Ethics and Privileges to investigate the matter.

“To the best of my knowledge, I am not aware of any missing budget. What we discussed today is how we are going to work assiduously, as Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to consider the budget as submitted by the president.

“Added to this, we have agreed that we should work hard to make sure that by the end of February the budget is ready for approval or assent by the President,” Abdullahi stated.

Similarly, the Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations, Honourable Abdulmumin Jibrin, has said that there is no truth to insinuations that the 2016 budget document is missing.

He said that the claims may have been inspired by the initial insufficiency of the copies of the budget available to all the lawmakers.

“As far as I am concerned, that story does not hold water. We were expecting copies to be printed and sent to the National Assembly but there was a bit of delay.

“As at yesterday, I can confirm to you that the Appropriation Committee in the House received a lot of copies of the budget. By the time the Clerk counted it today, it was not sufficient to go round members.”

Jibrin said the rumour of missing budget may have been triggered by the delay in the production of more copies of the budget.