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2016 Budget Reportedly Goes Missing At National Assembly

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According to a report by Daily Trust, the 2016 budget proposal submitted to the National Assembly by President Buhari on December 22nd is missing. 

The disappearance of the budget document was announced by Senator Ali Ndume during a closed door session that lasted 90 minutes today January 12th.  This comes amid rumors that the budget was withdrawn from the Legislature by the Presidency. 

The Senators were supposed to commence the consideration of the N6.08tr budget today.

But Senate Leader, Ali Ndume, shocked lawmakers at a closed-door session, when he told them the budget documents had gone missing.

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Mr. Ndume, our 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.

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