Abuja - Efforts to pass the 2016 Budget Appropriation Bill have been halted once again with the discovery of fresh padding by lawmakers.
According to a Punch report, only one minister is said to have been satisfied with the fiscal document after it was scrutinized at the emergency Federal Executive meeting, presided over by Professor Yemi Osinbajo on Friday.
A reliable source has revealed that allocations for several major projects had been reduced, while insertions that were not originally included in the document were made by lawmakers from the National Assembly.
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“There are instances, where they completely removed projects and padded the budget by inserting theirs. The lawmakers should know that the budget is the document of the executive and it takes responsibility for it,” a top civil servants disclosed.
Allocation for the Idu-Kaduna rail project is said to have been reduced by N8.7 billion, an amount which sources claim would make completing the project extremely difficult.
Chairman of the House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Abdulrazak Namdas, has since blamed the executive for the delay in passing of the bill, saying that the budget was full of discrepancies when it was brought to the National Assembly on December 22, 2015.
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