Abuja - The Senate president, Bukola Saraki, has warned senators against taking bribes from ministries, departments and agencies of government when considering funding requests for the 2016 budget.
Saraki warned senate committees not to engage in “money for budgeting” deals with MDAs, a practice believed to have been rampant in the past.
The Senate President gave the warning on Wednesday as the two houses of the National Assembly, the Senate and the House of Representatives, gave the 2016 Appropriation Bill a second reading, thereby referring the budget proposal to their respective appropriation committees.
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The budget passed the second reading at the House of Representatives on Tuesday, after a three-day debate that started last Wednesday.
The Senate reached a similar decision on Wednesday, after four days of deliberations.
Speaking at the end of the debate on Wednesday, the senate president, Bukola Saraki, summarised the central points of the debates before putting the question on whether the bill should be read for the second time.
- News 24