Budget: We Have Resolved To Consider Only The Version Presented By President——-Saraki

President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has stated that the Senate will only accept the version of the 2016 budget that was presented by President Muhammadu Buhari, at the December 22, 2015 Joint Session of the National Assembly(NASS)
He said this shortly after the Senate Ad hoc Committee constituted to investigate the alleged disappearance of the 2016 budget presented its report at the Senate plenary.
The investigative committee in its report disclosed that the Senate have in its possession two versions of the 2016 Appropriation Bill; one from the President while the other is from the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang,
However, Saraki stated that consideration of the 2016 Appropriation Bill would commence on Tuesday January 19,2016 and that if the Presidency wants to amend the initial version of the bill that was submitted to the National Assembly, there were proper legislative channels that should be used..
He stated that the Upper Chamber has resolved not to work with a version of the Appropriation Bill not laid before the National Assembly.
“We have received the report of the Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions on investigations surrounding 2016 Appropriation Bill. Our finding is that Senator Ita Enang, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matter (SSA) printed copies of the 2016 Appropriation Bill and brought to the Senate. We have discovered that what he brought is different from the version presented by Mr. President.” He alleged
He continued, “We have resolved to consider only the version presented by Mr. President as soon as we receive soft copy of the original document from the Executive.”
Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi,who spoke to journalists shortly after Senate spoke on the alleged fake budget stated that no budget is missing .
“We are here to update you on an issue that has been awash in the media. We are here in continuation of what we have said earlier that the report about a missing budget is not true. We don’t have a budget that is missing and we still maintain that we don’t have a budget that is missing. But you recall that the Senate President did inform Nigerians that there is issue that a committee was asked to investigate. The report of the investigation by the committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petition has been submitted in the Executive session because it was a decision we took in the last Executive session on Tuesday.
He continued, “Now our findings are this, that Mr. President did lay the budget in the Joint session of the National Assembly. Thereafter, the Senate went on recess and upon resumption copies of the document were produced by Senator Ita Enang, who is the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters for Senate and copies were submitted to both the Senate and the House of Representatives. What we found out is that the document submitted by Senator Ita Enang upon our resumption has some differences and discrepancies with what was originally laid by Mr. President in the joint sitting of the National Assembly.”
“However, the Senate in defence in its integrity and honour will not work with what has not been laid in the National Assembly. We are constitutionally mandated and duty bound to consider only that budget that has been so laid by Mr. President. Right now, for reproduction, we are awaiting the soft copy of the originally submitted budget so that the National Assembly can reproduce copies of the budget itself. He said