According to a report by Premium Times News The people of Nigeria are faced with confusion with the news of the alleged disappearance of the 2016 budget proposal submitted by President Muhammadu Buhari to the National Assembly in December 2015. President Buhari had presented a N6.08 trillion proposal for the year which detailed his plans to raise spending by 20% by borrowing heavily even with the falling global oil prices. The president, who came to power in May 2015, also pledged to improve tax collection and invest in other industries including mining and agriculture to create more jobs.
Senators and House of Representatives Members were expected to commence consideration of the budget on Tuesday January 12th 2016 after resuming from the end of year’s recession so it came as a surprise to the members of the house when they discovered that there was no such item relating to the budget during their last closed session which lasted 90 minutes.
According to some of the senators,the budget was missing from the National Assembly with the beliefs that it could have been withdrawn by the presidency.
Senior Special Assistant to President Buhari on Media and Publicity, Shehu Garba said
“Nobody, except the president, can withdraw the budget. As far as we know, he (the president) has not done that. The copies in their hundreds have been delivered to both chambers of the National Assembly. By tradition, once the budget is submitted, it ceases to be our property. Enquiries as to where it is should be directed to the appropriate quarters”
Senate President Bukola Saraki held a closed door meeting with Mr. Buhari late on Tuesday, but it is not clear if the issue of the missing documents was discussed.