President Muhammadu Buhari has sent copies of the amended 2016 budget to the National Assembly during plenary on Tuesday January 19.
The amended budget was attached to a letter sent by the President informing the lawmakers of the changes, which was read to the house by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki.
Mr. Saraki after reading the letter, asked the Senate Leader, Ali Ndume, to make sure copies of the corrected budget gets to everyone today, Tuesday, so that the Senate will begin deliberations on it tomorrow.
Below is the content of the letter:
“It will be recalled that on Tuesday, 22 December, 2015, I presented my 2016 budget proposals to the joint sitting of the national assembly. I submitted a draft bill accompanied by a schedule of details. At the time of submission, we indicated that because the details had just been produced, we would have had to check to ensure that there were no errors in the detailed breakdown contained in the schedule.
“That has since been completed and I understand that the corrections have been submitted. The National Assembly would therefore have the details as submitted on the 22nd and a copy containing the corrections submitted last week. It appears that this has led to some confusion. In this regard, please find attached the corrected version. This is the version the National Assembly should work with as my 2016 budget estimates. The draft bill remains the same and there are no changes in any of the figures.”
The 2016 budget generated so many issues last week when news that both soft and hard copies of the budget was missing.
After the widespread news, President Muhammadu Buhari had an indoor meeting at the Presidential Villa with the Senate President, Bukola Saraki.
Although the reason for the meeting with the President was not disclosed, the National Assembly assured Nigerians that the news of the missing budget was untrue and that copies of the Money Bill will be made available to the 109 senators and 360 members of the National Assembly.
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