13 January 2016

Nigeria: 'Missing' 2016 Budget Documents - Senators to Begin Debate Without Budget Copies

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President Muhammadu Buhari submits his budget for 2016 to the Senate chamber (file photo).

The Senate has announced it would begin debate of the 2016 budget next Tuesday, but said lawmakers would receive copies of the document two days after.

The delay is expected to allow the upper lawmaking body produce new copies of the budget, after senators told PREMIUM TIMES on Tuesday that copies handed over by President Muhammadu Buhari had surprisingly disappeared.

Senators said they suspected the presidency secretly withdrew the documents for some modification, a claim the presidency denied.

Speaking Wednesday, the senate president, Bukola Saraki, said senators would start deliberation of the budget on Tuesday, but would only receive copies on Thursday.

More details coming.

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