Bud­get pad­ding: House of Reps cri­sis deep­ens

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - By Musa Ab­dul­lahi Kr­ishi

Crises in the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives deep­ened yes­ter­day over al­le­ga­tions that the Speaker and oth­ers il­le­gally in­serted bil­lions of naira con­stituency projects in the 2016 bud­get.

The for­mer chair­man of the ap­pro­pri­a­tion com­mit­tee, Ab­dul­mu­min Jib­rin, last week al­leged that the House lead­ers forced him to in­sert con­stituency projects worth about N40 bil­lion il­le­gally in the bud­get.

He specif­i­cally named Speaker Yakubu Do­gora, his deputy, Yus­suf Sulei­mon La­sun, chief whip, Al­has­san Ado Doguwa and mi­nor­ity leader, Leo Ogor as those who in­flu­enced the il­le­gal act, an al­le­ga­tion the quar­tet have since de­nied.

Jib­rin was re­moved from his post last week Wed­nes­day after the House lead­er­ship ac­cused him of il­le­gally in­sert­ing projects worth N4 bil­lion in the bud­get for his con­stituency.

Jib­rin in his lat­est al­le­ga­tion yes­ter­day, which he termed No 21, said Dog­ara di­verted a wa­ter project in the bud­get to his farm in Nasarawa State.

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