Senate Leader, Senator Ahmed Lawan, says the 2017 budget estimates will be ready next week, barring any last minute eventuality.
Ahmed Lawan, speaking with State House correspondents after a private meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, yesterday, said the passage of the document this month was delayed due to the police raid of the house of the Chairman, Senate Committee on Appropriations, Senator Danjuma Goje.
He said some sensitive budget materials were carted away during the raid, and Senator Goje was traumatised afterwards.
Lawan, however, said there is nothing to worry about.
He said the National Assembly intended to pass the budget in March, but due to some parameters lawmakers had little or no control over, it couldn’t.
He gave assurances that next week, work on the budget should be concluded and transmitted to the President to sign.
Meanwhile, the Presidency said, yesterday, that all documents needed to process and pass the 2017 budget, files, laptops, money and other items seized when police raided the house of Senator Goje’s house, have been returned.
According to the Presidency, through a statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, Senator Ita Enang, all the issues involving the Police, Senator Goje’s house and extension, the Senate and the National Assembly, have been resolved.
Also yesterday, Senator Danjuma Goje through his aide, Mohammed Danjuma confirmed to Journalists that the Police has returned the seized items.