Akpabio Condemns Damage to Senate’s Integrity by Ningi’s Controversial Interview

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The Senate President also clarified that the rumors of the President presenting a budget estimate of N25 trillion have been dismissed, a statement reaffirmed by the presidency.

In a recent interview with BBC Hausa, Senator Abdul Ningi, representing Bauchi Central, claimed that the National Assembly passed a budget of N25 trillion for 2024, contrasting with the N28.7 trillion being implemented by the federal government.

On Tuesday, amidst the controversy surrounding Senator Abdul Ningi’s interview, Senate President Godswill Akpabio stated that the integrity of the Senate has been severely compromised.

Akpabio faulted Ningi’s earlier interview and for also granting a follow-up interview where he purportedly justified his initial claim of budget padding.

“I can quote a section of the Premium Times that said ‘this is the highest level of budget padding in Nigeria’s history where the budget passed a budget of N25 trillion but what we collect was N28 trillion.”

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Akpabio’s proactive approach in addressing the issue demonstrates a commitment to transparency and accountability within the Senate. By clarifying misconceptions and reassuring the public, the Senate aims to rebuild trust and restore confidence in its operations.

However,The Senate President recalled that President Tinubu presented a budget proposal of N27.5 trillion to the National Assembly last November.

He further dismissed rumors suggesting that the President presented a budget estimate of N25 trillion, a clarification also confirmed by the presidency.

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