- The speaker of the Bauchi House of Assembly, Abubakar Suleiman, says the act of budget padding is not illegal
- Suleiman discloses that the House made some adjustments when working on the proposed budget presented by Governor Bala Mohammed
- The speaker notes that the adjustments did not alter the amounts in the proposed budget as the capital and recurrent expenditure remain the same
Abubakar Suleiman, the speaker of the Bauchi House of Assembly has said that the act of budget padding is legal.
The speaker was said to have made the statement on Tuesday, December 23, when presenting the 2020 appropriation bill to Governor Bala Mohammed for assent, The Tribune reports.
During the presentation, the speaker explained that while the House was working on the proposed budget presented by the governor, some amounts were moved to other sectors.
“This is what some refer to as budget padding, anyway it is legal," he was quoted to have said.
He stated that budget padding is meant to ensure fairness and equity to all.
The speaker, however, stated that the adjustments did not alter the amounts in the proposed budget as the capital and recurrent expenditure remained the same.
He assured the governor that the lawmakers will continue to support the executive in the implementation of the budget and other programs.
Meanwhile, a senior lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), has advised the federal government to spend the N37 billion set aside for the renovation of the National Assembly complex on fixing public roads that are in bad condition.
The Nation report that the human rights lawyer, who gave the advice in Lagos on Sunday, December 22, faulted claims by the Senate president, Ahmad Lawan, that there had been no major renovation of the National Assembly building in the last 20 years.
The lawyer disclosed that in 2013, the administration of Goodluck Jonathan administration spent N40.2 billion on the renovation of the complex.
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