Missing Budget: AKSG Apologises To President Buhari
The Akwa Ibom State Government has apologized to President Muhammadu Buhari over the embarrassment caused by his Senate Liaison officer and Special Assistant on Senate Matters, Chief Ita Enang.
The State Commissioner for Information, Mr Aniekan Umanah, who conveyed the position of the State government in a radio interview programme in Uyo, said that Akwa Ibom people felt ashamed by the dent brought to the state by Enang’s illicit actions.
“Our people were rather shocked when they heard on the news that a budget submitted in full glare before the senate had been retrieved and swapped illegally by Senator Enang, without the knowledge of the Senate leadership and this has brought severe ridicule to the image of the state.”
The information maestro explained that such poor conduct in public office was not in the character of Akwa Ibom people, and expressed dismay that such a national disgrace would be linked to the peaceable and law-abiding people of the state.
Umanah relayed the sympathy of the people of the state to President Buhari, saying no one would have envisaged that a man of Senator Ita Enang’s pedigree could have condescended to the level of such in actions leveled against him by the senate leadership, thereby being disrepute to the anti-corruption battle by the President.
Although Enang has refused to comment or respond to the issue, the Information commissioner maintained that, “Let’s give our brother Ita Enang the benefit of doubts and give him time to come around and explain that what we are hearing is not really true.”
The fears in a section of the country was heightened last weekend when the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki specifically accused the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on National Assembly Matters, Senator Ita Solomon Enang of masterminding the disappearance of the missing 2016 budget.
Saraki said that Senator Enang was behind the stealing and replacing the budget with an entirely different copy of the budget after Senator Enang produced and was circulating a copy different from what he had.
Saraki said that Senator Ita Enang withdrew Mr. President version and submitted another version.