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Friday, 15 January 2016
Senate accuses presidency of submitting two versions of 2016 budget
Senate President Bukola Saraki has accused the Presidency of submitting two versions of the 2016 Appropriation Bill to the National Assembly.
Saraki, on Thursday, insisted that though the budget document was never missing, President Muhammadu Buhari and his Senior Special Assistant on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang, submitted different versions.
But Saraki did not state when Enang submitted his version of the budget document and who received it from him.
“Today, the Senate received the report of the ad hoc committee setup to investigate the claims of the #MissingBudget2016.
“The report of the committee revealed that the Senate received two versions of the 2016 Appropriation Bill – one from President Muhammadu Buhari at the December 22nd, 2015 Joint Session of the National Assembly, and another from the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Ita Enang,” Saraki said.
The Senate President further said the the Senate will only accept the version of the appropriation bill that was presented by the President.