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Senate accuses executive of doctoring 2016 budget

15 January 2016, 07:05

Abuja - Controversy over the 2016 Appropriation Bill deepened on Thursday when the Senate accused the Executive of smuggling a doctored version of the Bill into the upper chamber of the National Assembly, Punch reports.

Following a discussion surrounding the report submitted by the Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, Senate President Bukola Saraki revealed that there were two versions of the budget in the Senate's possession.

According to Saraki, the hard copy submitted by President Muhammadu Buhari constitutes the first version while the second is reportedly an amended version brought into the House by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, Senator Ita Enang.

Also read: Missing budget: Panel questions five Senate workers

Saraki noted that proper legislative channels exist for making amendments to the initial version of the bill and that the document needs not be smuggled.

Senator Sabi Abdulllahi, Chairman of the Committee on Media and Public Affairs, disclosed that the doctored document was allegedly mass-produced by Senator Enang in order to allow for distribution.

Enang has since refused to comment on the matter.

Members of the upper chamber have since resolved to begin consideration of the original 2016 Appropriation Bill on January 19. 

Read more at Punch

- News24


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