Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Confusion, as Budget 2016 document vanishes

A web of conspiracy was, yesterday, being woven around the circumstances that led to the disappearance from the Senate, of hard and soft copies of the 2016 Appropriation Bill presented to the National Assembly last December.

The absence of the budget document, it was learned, led to the failure of the Senate to commence formal deliberations on the budget yesterday.
Buhari during the 2016 budget presentation to the National Assembly.
President Buhari during the 2016 budget presentation to the National Assembly.
The controversy was further stoked at a closed-door session of the Senate where the issue reportedly split senators along partisan lines with Peoples Democratic Party, PDP senators accusing Presidency officials of conspiring with the National Assembly bureaucracy to steal the budget document.

Following the closed-door session, President of the Senate, Senator Bukola Saraki proceeded to the Presidential Villa where he met President Muhammadu Buhari supposedly on the issue.

PDP senators who accused the presidency of silently withdrawing the budget to revise down supposedly outrageous items in the budget bill were last night locked in a meeting where they were believed to be discussing the issue.

Budget not withdrawn — Presidency

The assertion of the missing budget document was, however, quickly dismissed by the Presidency which last night denied withdrawing the budget. Besides, the Presidency deposed that hundreds of copies of the budget document have been shipped to the Senate and the House of Representatives.

The air of confusion and controversy in the Senate was, however, totally lacking in the House of Representatives as it was confirmed that the budget document was available and would be distributed today.

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