EXPOSED: Ita Enang Printed, Supplied Fake Budget To Senate

The controversy over the missing 2016 budget took a new dimension on Thursday as the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly has revealed that Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly (Senate), Senator Ita Enang, printed and supplied fake budget to the Senate.

Reporting what happened during the one hour, forty minutes close session on Thursday, Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki, said that the Senate received the report of the ad hoc committee which was setup to investigate the claims of the missing 2016 budget and it revealed that it was the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Senator Ita Enang who printed and supplied fake budget to the Senate.

“We have received the report of the ad hoc committee setup to investigate the issue on 2016 budget. The report revealed that the Senate received two versions of the 2016 Appropriation Bill – one from President Muhammadu Buhari at the December 22, 2015 Joint Session of the National Assembly and another from the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang,” Saraki said.

Sen. Ita Enang

Sen. Ita Enang

He added that the copies printed and supplied by Enang are different from the one received from the President Muhammdu Buhari. Saraki said the Senate will only accept the version of the appropriation bill that was presented by the President.

Briefing journalists at the National Assembly after the sitting, Senate Spokesman, Senator Aliyu Sabi, said the report that the 2016 budget was missing is not true.

He also confirmed that the investigation of the adhoc committee setup to probe the claims have been submitted and it was discovered that the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly (Senate) Senator Ita Enang printed and supplied wrong copies of the budget to the Senate and the House of Representative.

“After the President presented the 2016 budget last December, the National Assembly went on a break and the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang, printed and supplied copies different from the one presented by the President to both Senate and House of Representative,” Sabi said.

Sabi said the Senate is relying on the Presidency for a soft copy of the one presented by the President to produce copies within the National Assembly. “We are waiting for the soft copy of the budget from the Presidency to produce copies within the National Assembly and distribute to Senators” Sabi said.

The Senate Spokesman assured that the Senate has resolved to work with the budget submitted by the President. “The Senate has resolved to work with the budget submitted by the President. The Senate cannot do anything that is illegal” Sabi added.

A statement from the office of the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Thursday announced that the Senate will only accept the version of the 2016 Appropriation Bill that was presented by President Muhammadu Buhari, at the Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015 Joint Session of the National Assembly.

According to the Senate President’s office, Saraki made this statement after the Senate ad hoc committee setup to investigate the claims of the 2016 budget being misplaced delivered its report at the Senate plenary. In their report, the investigative committee revealed that the Senate have in its possession two versions of the 2016 Appropriation Bill – one from the President, and another from the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate).

The Senate President revealed that consideration of the 2016 Appropriation Bill would commence on Tuesday January 19th and further stated that if the Presidency wants to amend the initial version of the bill that was submitted to the National Assembly, there were proper legislative channels to do so.

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