N3trn budget padding: Senators split

More than 24 hours after a former deputy leader of the Senate and serving lawmaker from Bauchi State, Abdul Ningi, alleged that the 2024 national budget was padded with about N3 trillion, leaders of the upper legislative chamber have been thrown into panic.

Acting under the banner of Northern Senators’ Forum (NSF), Ningi told the BBC Hausa Service that President Bola Tinubu was operating two national budgets, one approved by the National Assembly, and the other unknown to the parliament. He claimed that the National Assembly debated and passed N25 trillion as the 2024 budget and not the N28.7 trillion that is being implemented by the Federal Government.

He noted that the northern senators had engaged some experts to review the budget.


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