2016 Budget Cannot Be Missing – Senate Leader

Ali-NdumeThe leadership of the Nigerian Senate has dispelled reports that the 2016 budget proposal document is missing.

Nigerians were shocked yesterday to learn that the budget proposal, which was presented to the National Assembly last month by President Muhammadu Buhari had purportedly gone missing.

Reacting to the rumors in an interview with reporters late Tuesday, the the Senate Leader, Ali Ndume said a budget cannot be missing.

”The budget cannot be missing. A copy can be laid, it is a symbolic copy, the budget will be in custody of both Chambers. It cannot be stolen, it cannot be missing. Once the budget is laid in the National Assembly, it has become the property of National Assembly” he said.

On the visit of the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki to President Buhari after the news of the purported missing budget, Ndume said: ”Saraki’s visit to Villa is for Senate to know the President’s priority. We want to see how we can fast track the passage of the budget before the end of February. What is before the Senate is proposal, once the president signs it, it cannot be amended, we can turn the budget upside down, it cannot be missing”.

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