- Senator Ike Ekweremadu has reacted to the slashing of budget for the Akanu Ibiam Airport in Enugu
- The senator faulted the National Assembly committees for slashing the budget
- He said that the affected committees would make the necessary explanations very soon
The deputy Senate president, Ike Ekweremadu, has faulted the National Assembly committees for slashing budget for the Akanu Ibiam Airport in Enugu.
Vanguard reports that the Senate president spoke on the 2018 budget in a statement by his special adviser on media, Uche Anichukwu, on Thursday, June 21.
Legit.ng gathers that Ekweremadu stated that his findings showed that the cut took place at the level of committees and that hopefully the affected committees would make the necessary explanations very soon.
He said: “The committees of the National Assembly are usually given a free hand to do their jobs, but they are structured in a way that every geopolitical zone is represented. That way, they can call the attention of the principal officer from their zone when any challenges arise.
"The chairman of the House Committee on works called my attention to the challenges in appropriations, award, and funding of major road projects and I made my modest interventions to resolve the issues.
“In this case, the southeast occupies the positions of vice chairman of the House and Senate committees on appropriation and also chairs the House committee on aviation. Nobody informed me of any challenges concerning budgetary provisions for the Akanu Ibiam Airport.
“Instructively, the National Assembly approved exactly the same N2 billion for the same terminal building in the 2017 Appropriation Act. So, I believe the relevant committees of the National Assembly committees are on top of the situation.”
Recall that Legit.ng previously reported that the southeast Senate caucus expressed shock over reported cut in the 2018 budget allocation for the Akanu Ibiam International Airport Terminal in Enugu state.
The chairman of the caucus, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, and lawmakers from the region said they learnt that an allocation of N2 billion sustained by the two aviation committees of the Senate and House of Representatives, were said to have been slashed to N500 million.
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