No budget is missing – Nigerian Senate

Nnenna Okoronkwo, Abuja

The Nigerian Senate has said that the 2016 budget is not missing as insinuated by some media houses.

According to a statement released by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Media And Public Affairs, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi “no statement made by any Senator during the plenary today can be interpreted to mean an admission that the 2016 budget is missing”.

He said there is no budget missing and that the Senate will tomorrow (Thursday) distribute copies of the budget to all the Senators so as to arm them to properly contribute to the debate which will take place between Tuesday. January 19 to Thursday, January 21, 2015.

He stated that all senators have indicated the date they will make their own contribution on the budget.

Abdullahi added that “during today’s plenary when Senator Eyinaya Abaribe sought for clarification on the story in the media surrounding the information that the copy of the 2016 budget submitted to the Senate was missing and sought to know update on the issue. The Senate President replied that the issue he (Abaribe) mentioned and all issues emanating from the executive sessions are being looked into by an adhoc committee and that all Senators should wait for the committee to submit its report.”

We have reeled out our time table for working on the budget. So, how can the same budget be missing? The Senate President never said or admitted that the budget is missing and there was nothing that he said while presiding over the plenary that could be logically interpreted to mean am admission that the budget is missing.

Senator Abdullahi urged media practitioners to avoid unnecessary sensationalism and assured Nigerians that the time table of completing work on the budget by February ending remains sacrosanct.

He said the Senate would work assiduously to meet the deadline.