OrderPaperToday – The controversy over the 2016 budget continued unabated Thursday as the House of Representatives insisted that the document never got missing.

The House further said it would commence debate on the budget next week.

This is coming on the heels of confirmation from the Senate same Thursday that the budget was indeed missing as the original appropriation proposal submitted by President Muhammadu Buhari was replaced with another version by his Special Adviser on National Assembly Matters, Sen. Ita Enang.

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Briefing newsmen shortly after Thursday’s plenary session, Chairman of the House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Abdulrazak Namdas insisted that as far as the lower chamber was concerned the budget remains intact since it was laid by the President on December 22, 2015.

Speaking on the criticism of the plan by the House to spend billions of naira to purchase vehicles to carry out its function, the lawmaker stated that ”we are not afraid of criticism because it  is the people that elect us as lawmakers”.

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