Wednesday, 13 January 2016

2016 Budget Not Missing, Senate Spokesman, Abdullahi Insists

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Barely three hours after Senate President, Bukola Saraki announced at the Senate plenary that the panel set up to investigate the alleged missing of the 2016 budget was yet to submit its report, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Media And Public Affairs, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi has said the budget was not missing.

According to Abdullahi, no statement made by any Senator during the plenary on Wednesday could be interpreted to mean an admission that the 2016 budget is missing.

Insisting that the budget was not missing, he added that the Senate will today (Thursday) distribute copies of the budget to all the Senators so as to arm them to properly contribute to the debate which will take place between Tuesday. January 19 to Thursday, January 21, 2015.

He said already, all senators have indicated the date they will make their own contribution on the budget.

The senate spokesman explained that during yesterday’s plenary when Senator Eyinaya Abaribe sought for clarification on the story in the media surrounding the information that the copy of the 2016 budget submitted to the Senate was missing and sought to know update on the issue, the Senate President replied that the issue he (Abaribe) mentioned and all issues emanating from the executive sessions are being looked into by an adhoc committee and that all Senators should wait for the committee to submit its report.

His words: “We have reeled out our time table for working on the budget. So, how can the same budget be missing? The Senate President never said or admitted that the budget is missing and there was nothing that he said while presiding over the plenary that could be logically interpreted to mean am admission that the budget is missing.

“The media should please avoid unnecessary sensationalism. We assure Nigerians that our time table of completing work on the budget by February ending remains sacrosanct and we will work assiduously to achieve it”.

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