Controversies over the 2016 budget continues to dominate discussions, it has been discovered that a fresh N3.9 billion has been injected into the second version of the budget presented by Ita Enang, special adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on national assembly matters (senate).
On December 22, 2015, the president had presented the appropriation bill before a joint session of the national assembly, and was well received as an expansionary budget aimed at stimulating the economy.
On Tuesday, it was discovered that the budget was missing at the senate, and there have been speculations that it was withdrawn for correction.
Senate President Bukola Saraki met Buhari immediately after the senate plenary session, and thereafter dismissed the reports, saying the budget was with them. The presidency said hundreds of copies of the budget were presented to the national assembly and all could not possibly be missing.
TheCable obtained both copies of the budget and highlighted the disparities between the two versions of the 1,810-page document. Most of the changes made were relating to the state house and the presidency in general.
Fresh N3.9 billion was included for routine maintenance of the presidential villa, while the amount stipulated for the purchase of BMW salon cars was reduced from N3.6 billion to N340 million.
Below is a table showing the changes made to the 2016 budget: