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Senate denies allegations of padding supplementary budget

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The Nigerian Senate has strongly refuted claims of padding the recently appropriated N70 billion for the National Assembly, dismissing them as baseless and the work of mischievous individuals.

In a statement, the Senate clarified that the passage of the Supplementary Appropriation Act was a constitutional duty aimed at accommodating funding for the Federal Government’s Palliative for the Nigerian public, as well as addressing other national needs.

In a statement issued by the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Yemi Adaramodu the Senate responded to reports of alleged padding of the Supplementary Budget that have circulated in some sections of the media.

The statement emphasized that the passage of the Supplementary Budget was a constitutional obligation of the Senate and should not be misconstrued or misrepresented.

The statement read, “Following the passage of the Supplementary Budget to address urgent national demands, including funding for the Federal Government’s Palliative for the Nigerian public, there have been spurious, inaccurate, and disrespectful misinterpretations.

“We want to clarify that the passage of the Supplementary Budget is an absolute constitutional duty of the Senate. We will not engage in discussions with those spreading mischief and misrepresentation that the appropriation of 70 billion Naira is a ‘gift’ to the legislators.”

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Adaramodu further highlighted the urgent need for attention to the National Assembly complex, pointing out the dilapidated state of the facilities. He explained that many senators had resorted to bringing their own furniture and electronic equipment and conducting repairs due to the poor condition of the infrastructure.

Adaramodu emphasized that the allocated funds would not be paid directly to legislators but would be managed by the National Assembly Bureaucracy.

He also clarified that the National Assembly complex accommodates not only legislators but also thousands of workers and service providers who require a conducive working environment and necessary tools.

“As the Assembly Complex does not belong to legislators who are merely passing through, such an allocation cannot be considered a palliative for the legislators,” Adaramodu stated.

The Senate firmly dismissed allegations of padding the palliative budget, stating that such claims existed only in the minds of those seeking to discredit the 10th Assembly.

The statement urged Nigerians to view the National Assembly as partners in the progress of the country, emphasizing that the Senate would collaborate with other arms of government and forward-looking individuals to promote progress, development, safety, and overall economic recovery and growth.

(omayowa@globalfinancialdigest.com; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138)

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