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Budget Padding: Appropriation Committee Disowns Jibrin

The Appropriation Committee of the House of Representatives says that there is no breach in the appropriation process to warrant any external interference.

The Deputy Chairman of the Appropriation Committee, Representative Chris Azugbogu, made the disclosure to journalists during a briefing on Friday in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
“We wish to state that we totally dissociate ourselves from all the calculated plot to pull down the integrity of the leadership and members of the 8th House of Representatives,’’ Azubuogu said.
The lawmaker claimed that the former Chairman of the committee, Representative Abdulmumin Jibrin, allotted all decisions of the committee to himself without conferring with its members.
“He unilaterally took the entire budget to a hideout with his consultant without the consent of the committee.
“That was the last time the committee saw the budget, only for Jubrin to resurface about three weeks later, with a report purported to have come from the committee,” he added.
Despite their not being involved in the process, the lawmakers were adamant that there was no truth in the allegations put forward by the former chairman.
Some lawmakers under the aegis of the Transparency Group, had demanded that the allegations brought against Speaker Yakubu Dogora and some principal officers of the House be investigated by external investigators.
The call followed the ongoing controversy regarding allegations of the padding of the 2016 budget by Representative Jibrin.

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