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Presidency says Budget 2016 was not padded

Presidency says Budget 2016 was not padded

The Presidency on Tuesday said the  2016 budget, which President Muhammadu Buhari signed into law, was not padded.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang; and the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, Mr. Ismail Kawu, made the Presidency’s position on the lingering crisis in the House of Representatives known when they appeared before the leadership of the ruling All Progressives Congress at the party’s headquarters.

They told the party leaders that they were at the headquarters to make the Presidency’s position on the matter known.

But members of the Transparency Group, a group of lawmakers backing the former Chairman, House Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumin Jibrin, faulted the Presidency, insisting that the allegation of padding should be investigated.

Jibrin had accused the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, and some officers of the House of padding the 2016 budget.

The APC had intervened in the matter last week, as its leadership separately met with Dogara and Jibrin. The efforts, however, failed.

Enang, while addressing journalists after the meeting on Tuesday, said, “I am here on the invitation of the APC leadership with my colleague (Kawu) to answer questions on the 2016 Appropriation Act.

“We have given explanation on every issue. There is nothing, to our knowledge, like padding of the budget. The budget, as assented to by the President, is the budget passed by the National Assembly and it is being executed.

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