2016 Budget Documents Missing From National Assembly

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The hard and soft copies of the 2016 budget documents
President Muhammadu Buhari handed over to the National Assembly on December 22,
2015, have been declared missing, Premium Times authoritatively reports.
The Nigerian Senate was scheduled to commence deliberation
on the proposed budget Tuesday (today). But Senate Leader, Ali Ndume, shocked
lawmakers at a closed-door session, when he told them the budget documents had
been stolen, people familiar with the matter told the newspaper.
Mr. Ndume, their sources said, explained that deliberation
on the budget could therefore not begin until fresh copies of the documents
were obtained from the presidency, the Ministry of Finance or that of national
planning.


The Chairman, Senate Committee of Appropriation, Danjuma
Goje, was subsequently mandated to lead a search for the documents and liaise
with the presidency, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National
Assembly Matters, Ita Enang, and the national planning ministry on the matter.
The Senators also resolved that the matter be kept under
wraps, saying making it public could embarrass the presidency, the National
Assembly and the country.
Premium Times sources said senators of the Peoples
Democratic Party accused the presidency of being behind the theft of the
documents, an accusation rejected by their All Progressives Congress’
counterparts, who reportedly said it was too early to speculate.

President Buhari had on December 22,2015 presented a N6.08
trillion budget for the fiscal year 2016 to a joint session of the National
Assembly.

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