Saraki Holds Emergency Meeting With Senators, As ‘New’ Budget Emerges

Reports reaching 234Forum has revealed that the Senate leadership is currently in an emergency meeting in the office of the Senate president, Bukola Saraki over the 2016 missing budget.

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A source who craved anonymity however hinted that the budget which was uploaded on the Budget office website is different from what was submitted to the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari back on Tuesday, December 22, 2015.

He further stated that in the budget submitted last year, the BMW cars for legislators was N3.63bn, but in the current version, it has now been reduced down to N340m.

He noted that the new budget now has an added a N3.9bn for annual routine maintenance of villa facilities which was not in the original budget.

The updated budget also  includes the movement of N100m from the Office of the Presidency budget and the creation of a special line to the Offices of the Chief of Staff to the President, Chief of Security to President and to State House and and Lagos Liason Office.

Meanwhile, the National Assembly officials had also discovered that the budgetary allocation of the Police has been combined with that of Interior to justify the increase from N145bn to N428bn.

All these is coming few days after the 2016 budget was declared missing on Tuesday, January, 12.

In a related development, following the alleged disappearance of the 2016 budget document from the National Assembly, the Senate Joint Committee on Wednesday, January 13, quizzed five members of staff from the upper chamber.

Recall that President Buhari presented a N6.08 trillion budget at the end of December before a joint session of the National Assembly.

In the budget, capital expenditure takes N1.8 trillion, marking a significant over 300% increment from the 2015 vote of N557 billion.