Presidency Defends Dogara, Says Nothing like Budget Padding

by on August 10, 2016

The Presidency yesterday rubbished claims by the former Chairman, House Committee on Appro­priation Hon Abdul­mumin Jubrin, insisting that there was no truth in the alleged padding of the 2016 Appropria­tion budget.

The Special Adviser to President Muham­madu Buhari on Na­tional Assembly Mat­ters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang, said yester­day that all the allega­tions were never true, claiming that the bud­get which has already been passed and ac­cented to by President Muhammadu Buhari is the same budget that is being executed.
Enang, who made the declaration after he was drilled along with the Special Assistant to the President on House of Representative Matters, Ismaila Kawu for over three hours by the Na­tional Working Com­mittee (NWC) of the All Progressives Con­gress, (APC) stated that the lexicon ‘padding’ was alien to the Nation­al Assembly, stressing that he does not want to speak much on it since the party is already handling it.
It would be recalled that the APC leadership had already waded into into the crisis when it summoned both the Speaker, Yakubu Dog­ara and Abdulmumin Jibrin to the party’s secretariat for ques­tioning with charges that they must stopping speaking to the public on the padding allega­tion which has brought some questions to the integrity of the ruling party in its anti-corrup­tion war.
In a related development, The Minister of Budget and National Planning, Sen. Udo Udoma, on Tuesday said the Federal Government is not implementing padded budget.

He spoke at a Town Hall meeting organized by the Alumni Association of the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (AANI) in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture in Abuja.

Udoma maintained that the budget signed by President Muhammadu Buhari was well scrutinized and passed the due process in the National Assembly before it was signed into law in May.

He said, ‘‘We did not assent padded budget. The budget followed through the various stages of preparation and scrutiny and appropriation before it was signed into law.’’

The minister said the 2017 Budget would be submitted to the National Assembly in October.

He said necessary consultations and framework for the 2017 budget are ongoing.

Udoma pointed out that early preparation and submission of the budget to the National Assembly would ensure the inclusion of every detail in the budget.

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  • dave
    August 10, 2016 at 10:45 am

    Comment…Fake government,allow Dogara to defend himself in d court of law. Allow d law to take it cause


  • Emmanuel iliya
    August 10, 2016 at 11:03 am

    Comment… Padding refer to inflated or false entries in a financial account and federal gov’t are say there is not like padded budget. Let assume is true but padding it self is corruption which dis administration is fighting against them dogara need to be prosecuted by law.


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