Senate accuses Presidential aide of doctoring 2016 budget

Senate accuses Presidential aide of doctoring 2016 budget
January 14 18:22 2016

The Senate has accused ‎the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Senate, Ita Enang, of giving the Senators a version of the 2016 Budget proposal that was different from what the President presented to the joint sessions of the National Assembly.

Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki on Thursday accused Enang of changing the contents of the appropriation bill before making the document available to the lawmakers.

“What he distributed is different from what was presented by Mr. President and we have resolved not to address any version until we receive the version presented by Mr. President,” Mr. Saraki said.

The chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Publicity, Aliyu Sabi, further emphasised the Senate allegation when he briefed journalists after plenary.

Sabi: “We are duty bound to consider the budget that has been laid by Mr. President; we are waiting for the soft copy that we can produce it ourselves.”

He, however, did not give details of the discrepancies between the said original version and the allegedly doctored version distributed by Mr. Enang.