Senate to Start Debate on 2016 Budget Tuesday, Jan. 19. Report on “Missing Budget” Ready Tomorrow (Thursday)

The Senate has announced that the 2016 Appropriation Bill submitted by President Muhammadu Buhari will be subjected to debate from the lawmakers from Tuesday, January 19.

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, made the announcement on Wednesday, during plenary.

This is even as the Senate President said the report on the missing budget will be ready tomorrow.

“Senate President @bukolasaraki announces that the debate of #2016AppropriationBill will commence on Tuesday 19th January 2016,” reads a tweet from the Twitter account of the Nigerian Senate.

There were reports,Tuesday, that the budget was no longer available in the Upper Chamber, leading to rumour of ‘Missing budget’

However, it is unclear if the budget is now available or not.

But the Senate President Bukola Saraki has assured that a feedback from the committees assigned to look into reports of the missing 2016 budget, sent to the joint session of the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari, on December 22, 2015, will be ready tomorrow (Thursday, January 14, 2015).

Saraki gave this assurance during proceedings on the floor of the Senate, this morning, following a Point of Order raised by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Senator, representing Abia South Senatorial District, Sen. Eyinnaya Abaribe, for the Senate to address the issue of the missing budget, which dominated the traditional and social media space since yesterday.

Abaribe, quoting order 42 of the Senate Standing Rule, said the matter was discussed yesterday, during a closed door session of the Senate without feedback.

But responding, the Senate President said: “It was agreed in the closed session yesterday, that the Senate will wait for a feedback from the committees assigned to look into the matter,” adding that “the feedback from the committees should be ready by tomorrow (Thursday).”

 

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