Despite the uncertainties surrounding the actual whereabouts of the 2016 Budget of Change, the Senate has announced that lawmakers will begin the debate over the Money Bill from Tuesday, January 19, Vanguard reports.
The 2016 Appropriation Bill submitted by President Muhammadu Buhari has been a subject of speculation since it was handed over to the National Assembly. With reports from some quarters suggesting that the financial document has been stolen. A suggestion the Senate came up to dismiss as false.
The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, made the announcement on Wednesday, during plenary.
“Senate President @bukolasaraki announces that the debate of #2016AppropriationBill will commence on Tuesday 19th January 2016,” reads a tweet from the Twitter account of the Nigerian Senate.
With this announcement, the air seem to be clear as to where the 2016 Budget is. But it still begs the question: Is this announcement a tactic to quell the rumors about the whereabouts of the financial documents, owing to the fact that the Senate President has been in a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari. Could this be the result of the meeting? Time will tell.
More to follow…