The Presidency has finally laid claim to the second copy of the 2016 budget proposal following the ruckus that ensued when reports of the loss of the initial budget document submitted to the Senate, surfaced.
President Buhari has on Tuesday, January 19 requested the National Assembly to throw out the window the initial copy of the 2016 budget proposal submitted by him on December 22, 2015.
In its place, the president, in a letter to the Senate, asked the senators to deliberate on the second copy of the budget that was uploaded by the Budget Office after the drama of the missing budget abated.
A document containing the corrections was attached to the letter, which was read at the floor of the senate, during plenary session.
The letter from the president, which was read by Senate President Bukola Saraki, revealed that the second copy is the corrected copy of the budget and it has been duly forwarded to the chambers already.
The letter read in part: “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 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.”
After Saraki read the letter, the Senate adopted and approved the contents of the letter and decided to commence deliberation of the 2016 budget proposal on Wednesday, January 20.