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Senator Ningi raises alarm over ‘underground budget’ passed by Nigeria’s National Assembly

Senator Ningi raises alarm over ‘underground budget’ passed by Nigeria’s National Assembly

There are allegations that the Nigerian National Assembly may have surreptitiously passed an illegal budget for the year 2024, apart from the one legally passed on the floor of the National Assembly.

This was revealed by Senator representing Bauchi central senatorial district, Abdul Ningi.

He said the budget is being analysed by experts to ascertain the culprits and also to present a comprehensive report President Bola Tinubu.

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Speaking as a guest during an interview with BBC on Saturday, the Senator said “We have some experts that are working on it line by line. We have seen the huge damage that was done not only to the north but the entire country in that budget. We are supposed to sit with the Senate President to inform him about what we have observed.

“We want to show him what we have seen in the budget that is not acceptable, we will not accept them and we don’t want the country to continue spending money on those things. Apart from what the National Assembly did on the floor, there was another budget that was done underground which we didn’t know.

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“The new things we have discovered in the budget were not known to us. We haven’t seen them in the budget that was debated and considered on the floor of the National Assembly.”

Shedding more light on the discoveries on the budget, Ningi said there was a difference of N3 trillion between the budget passed.

The senator said, “For example, it was said that there was a budget of N28 trillion but what was passed was N25 trillion. So, there is N3 trillion on top.

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“Where are they, where is it going? So, we need to know this. There are a lot of things. We are coming up with a report and we will show the president himself and ask him if he is aware or not.”

He also decried what he called the neglect of some giants projects in the North.

“This is what we intended to do. We are to meet the president. We will talk to him about the Mambila power project, Ajaokuta and the River Niger dredging. We will talk to him about the Niger Republic. Recently, they said they will construct a dam, this is not good for us,” he added.

Faruk Khalil
Faruk Khalilhttps://nigeriansketch.com/
Khalil Faruk (Deputy Editor-in-Chief), has a Bachelors and Master's degree in Political Science and has worked as a reporter, features editor and Deputy Editor-in-Chief respectively in a leading Nigerian daily. He has undergone trainings in journalism, photo journalism and online journalism within and outside Nigeria.

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