ABUJA —Senate Leader, Senator Ahmed Lawan, has given assurance that the 2017 budget estimates would be ready next week, baring any last minute eventuality. He said the passage of the document this month was stalled due to the recent police raid of the house of the Chairman, Senate Committee on Appropriations, Senator Danjuma Goje.

He said the passage of the document this month was stalled due to the recent police raid of the house of the Chairman, Senate Committee on Appropriations, Senator Danjuma Goje.

Speaking to State House correspondents after a private meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, yesterday, Lawan said apart from some sensitive budget materials that were carted away from Danjuma’s house during the raid, he (Goje) was also traumatized afterwards. Lawan, however, said there was no cause for alarm over the issue, adding:

“There is nothing to worry about. NASS had intended to pass the budget in March but because of some parameters that we had little or no control over, we couldn’t pass it in March. “I am thinking that by next week, by the grace of God, we should be able to finish our work and pass the budget to Mr President to sign.”

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