Shocking As NASS Discovers Over N4. Billion Padded Budget In NDLEA Police Barack Project

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The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday November 23rd, 2021 throw away the report presented to it by its Committee on Drugs and Narcotics after it uncovered that the document illegally contains N4.5 billion meant for the construction of Police barracks in the 2022 budget for the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA.

Presenting the report to the Committee on Appropriations, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Drugs and Narcotic, Senator Hezekiah Dimka, All Progressives Congress, APC, Plateau Central said that his Committee uncovered the anomaly in the course of scrutinizing the budget document presented to it by the Ministry of Finance and quickly raised the alarm.

Consequently, Senator Barau Jibrin, APC, Kano North led Committee on Appropriation turned down the report on the budget for NDLEA and asked the Committee to go and correct the padded N4.5billion.

The N4.5 billion padding in the budget for NDLEA came after the Senate Committee on Environment chaired by former Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu discovered how a whopping sum of N16 was inserted in the proposed in the 2022 Appropriation Bill for the repayment of the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project, NEWMAP.

Meanwhile, Ekweremadu has explained why the Committee Questioned N16B Erosion Management loan repayment, saying that the Senate Committee on Environment identified and questioned the N16 billion proposed in the 2022 Appropriation Bill for the repayment of the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project, NEWMAP, as the loan was still covered by a 10-year moratorium expiring in 2023.

The former Deputy President of the Senate said, “As I said, there was N6 billion in the Environment budget for the servicing of a multilateral loan regarding erosion control, a project called NEWMAP.

In a statement yesterday by his Media Adviser, Uche Anichukwu, Ekweremadu said, “Regrettably, about N1.5 billion of it was released to Environment and later the Ministry of Finance wrote, saying it was a mistake, that it was supposed to be part of the service-wide vote for the serving of loans. That money was taken back to the Ministry of Finance.

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