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How Senate padded the 2024 budget with just N3 trillion — Senator Ningi



Senate suspends Sen. Abdul Ningi over budget padding allegation
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The Senator representing Bauchi Central Senatorial District (PDP), Abdul Ningi, has accused the Senate of padding the 2024 budget with about N3 trillion.

Speaking in an interview with BBC Hausa on Saturday, March 9, Nini alleged that the appropriation bill passed by the lawmakers was different from what is being implemented, alleging that about N3 trillion had been padded in the budget.

Ningi, who’s the Chairman of the Northern Senators Forum, alleged that the Federal Government was operating an N28 trillion budget, contrary to the N25 trillion passed by the National Assembly.

According to the BBC, he said: “Apart from what the National Assembly did on the floor, there was another budget that was done underground which we didn’t know.

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.