Nigeria's missing budget: Panel quizzes 5 Senate workers
14 January 2016, 12:49
Abuja - Nigeria's Senate Joint Committee assigned to investigate the alleged disappearance of the west African country's 2016 budget documents, have quizzed five National Assembly staff members, Punch reports.
Senator Samuel Anyanwu, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, disclosed the development, saying the committee would submit its report on Thursday.
Anyanwu also revealed that the report would later be discussed in either a closed session or in plenary, depending on the decision taken by Senate leadership.
Despite vehement denial about the missing document from Senate Leader Ali Ndume, Senator Peter Nwaoboshi confirmed that the whereabouts of the 2016 budget document were unknown.
Senate President Yakubu Dogara, however, dispelled the rumours on Wednesday, saying that the House's copies of the documents were locked up in a secure area before members broke for the holiday period, starting in December.
Reports early this week indicated that the hard and soft copies of the 2016 budget proposal presented to the joint session of the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari on December 22, 2015 had been declared missing.
This came as the upper chamber was scheduled to commence deliberations on the proposed budget.
The senators were shocked when Senate Leader, Ali Ndume, revealed that the budget documents had been stolen and could not be found within the prescient of the National Assembly.