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Senate in dilemma: One Presidency, two budgets



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The Senate was on Thursday faced with a dilemma, as it had in its possession, two versions of the 2016 proposed budget which were both submitted to it by the presidency.

The revelation was made when the Senate ad hoc committee setup to investigate the claims of the 2016 budget being misplaced delivered its report at the Senate plenary.

The investigative committee in its report revealed that the Senate had in its possession two versions of the 2016 Appropriation Bill – one from the President, and another from the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate).

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Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki however, announced that the Senate will only accept the version of the 2016 Appropriation Bill that was presented by President Muhammadu Buhari, at the Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015 Joint Session of the National Assembly.

Saraki had also lamented via his twitter handle, that the Senate had two versions of the document with it.
He stated that consideration of the 2016 Appropriation Bill would commence on Tuesday January 19th and further stated 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 to do so.


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