OrderPaperToday – The National Assembly has resolved to adopt the corrected version of the 2016 Budget proposal as requested by President Muhammadu Buhari.

In this regard, the Senate will begin consideration of the budget Wednesday, January 20.

The National Assembly resolution followed a request contained in a letter from President Buhari to the president of the Senate, Bukola Saraki and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara read to members Tuesday.

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Buhari’s letter read: “It will be recalled that on Tuesday, 22nd December, I submitted my 2016 budget, I submitted a draft bill accompanied by a schedule of details.

“At the time of submission, we indicated that because the details had just been produced, I would have had to check there are no errors in the detail breakdown contained in the scheduled.

“That has since been completed and i understand that the corrections have been submitted. The National Assembly will therefore have the details as submitted on the 22nd and a copy containing the corrections submitted last week.

“It appears that this has led to some confusions. Pls find attached the corrected version. This is the version the National Assembly should work with as my 2016 budget estimate.

“The draft bill remains the same and there are no changes in any of the figures. Please accept Mr Senate President, the assurances of my highest regards.”

Saraki directed the Leader of the Senate Ali Ndume to make available copies of the Budget to all senators.

A point of order was however raised in the House of Representatives by Mr. Leo Ogor, Minority Leader, who said the correction made by Buhari ought to be carried out by the Appropriations Committee since it has already been submitted.

Speaker Dogara countered Ogor by explaining that the House would rather  work with the budget they are sure of instead of leaving things to chance.

Meanwhile, the Senate after adopting the letter from President Buhari went into a closed door session to be briefed by the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Godwin Emefiele.

It will be recalled that the Senate on Thursday, summoned the CBN governor to brief it on the falling value of the naira and the new foreign exchange policy.



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