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Senator Ningi Clarifies Remarks on 2024 Budget Allocation

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Senator Abdul Ningi, representing Bauchi Central Senatorial District, has clarified his stance on the 2024 Appropriation Act amidst controversy surrounding his previous statements.

Speaking to Senate correspondents, Senator Ningi expressed readiness to face any consequences, including suspension from the Red Chamber, following allegations of misquotation regarding the budget.

Setting the record straight, Senator Ningi emphasized that he never insinuated President Bola Tinubu’s involvement in operating two budgets or displayed bias against the Northern region.He reiterated his commitment to his role as a Senator and not as the Chairman of the Northern Senators’ Forum.

As a Senator and not the Chairman of the Northern Senators’ Forum, Ningi reiterated that it has been conclusively proven that N25 trillion was appropriately allocated in the budget, citing three parameters (money, project, and location), but unable to determine the project location for the remaining N3 trillion.

Meanwhile,a lawmaker from Ondo South Senatorial District,Senator Jimoh Ibrahim from Ondo South Senatorial District called for legal action against Senator Ningi for alleged criminal misinformation and breach of peace in the National Assembly.

READ ALSO: Edo Assembly Initiates Impeachment Process Against Shaibu

In response to the controversy, the Presidency refuted Senator Ningi’s claims, asserting that the Federal Government operates a single version of the 2024 budget, signed into law by President Tinubu, totaling N28.7 trillion.

However,The Special Adviser to the President on Information and Strategy, Bayo Onanuga, dismissed claims of bias in the budget, highlighting the government’s commitment to equitable distribution and fair allocation of resources across all regions.

Onanuga Further stated that under the President’s leadership, the government ensures fairness and equity to all parts and segments of Nigeria, emphasizing that the 2024 Appropriation Act, in terms of funding, distribution of capital, and priority projects, does not favor any particular section of the country.

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