Senate President Ahmed Lawan refuses to accept padding allegation raised by President Muhammadu Buhari over 2022 Appropriation Bill.

Written by on January 3, 2022

Senate President Ahmed Lawan has refused to accept the padding allegation raised by President Muhammadu Buhari over the recently signed 2022 Appropriation Bill.

Buhari had noted that the lawmakers mutilated and padded the original 2022 Executive Budget proposal with insertions of new projects, outright removals of others, as well as reductions and/or increases in the amounts allocated to projects.

However, Lawan, who spoke on Friday at the Presidential Villa shortly after the signing of the budget, said the National Assembly was right in its judgment.

He also said that by signing the budget, the Federal Government is setting an example for subnational governments.

On his part, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, said the House will review the President’s concerns in January.

Seun Fakorede

 


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