President Muhammadu Buhari has formally written to the National Assembly on the controversy trailing the 2016 budget
Controversies have been trailing the 2016 budget proposal presented at the joint session of the National Assembly on December 22, 2015.
It was first reported that the president has withdrawn the budget but the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed dispelled the report.
Another controversy came up last Tuesday when Senators and members of the House of Representatives resume from the Christmas and New Year recess.
At the end of the Senators closed session, it was reported that the budget was missing and on Thursday, the Senate announced that two versions of the fiscal document were in circulation.
But yesterday, our correspondent reliably gathered that President Buhari had written the lawmakers on his plans to correct “some areas” in the document. It was gathered that the document would be unveiled tomorrow by the Senate President Bukola Saraki.
“The letter would be read on the floor on Tuesday,” a source told correspondent. When contacted, Buhari’s aide on National Assembly (Senate) Senator Ita Enang confirmed the letter.
“Yes, the President has written the National Assembly and it would be read by the Senate President on Tuesday,” he said. Our correspondent reports that both chambers of the National Assembly had resolved to commence the deliberations on the budget tomorrow.
The controversies that trailed the document stopped the senate from commencing discussion on it last Tuesday. Senate Leader, Senator Ali Ndume said there was no big deal on the letter written by the president on the budget.
“I heard that there is a communication from the president on the budget to us but I’ve not seen it.
There is nothing wrong for the president to communicate to the National Assembly on not only budget but anything…,” he said in a phone interview last night.