Nigerian Lawmakers ‘Pad’ 2017 Budget, Projects Missing

2017 budget is said to be facing a fresh hurdles as some lawmakers have alleged illegal alterations of the approved document by the National Assembly last week.

Recall that the two chambers of National Assembly passed the budget Thursday after several months of delay.

According to DailyTrust Newspaper, the allegations are already creating ripples among some senators.

Many of them are said to be calling for the document to be properly scrutinised and the illegal insertions weeded out before it is presented to the presidency for assent.

Accusing fingers are being pointed at the Senate works committee as being responsible for the alterations lately discovered in the budget.

Some senators claim projects approved for their constituencies are now missing in the budget just passed by the National Assembly.

“Senators are also piqued that the works committee inserted into the budget projects for Trunk B and Trunk C roads which are entirely the responsibilities of the states and local governments.

“I know of some senators that have complained bitterly about it. He (Gaya) inserted even local governments’ roads in the budget. There are instances that state roads were also inserted. How can one do that? Those roads are the exclusive rights of states and local governments”, a source told Dailytrust.

Kabiru Gaya (APC, Kano), the head of the committee is said to be outside the country at the moment and therefore could not be reached for comment.



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