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News - North Central - FCT Updated: April 02, 2024

'National Assembly didn’t pad 2024 budget' - Senator Plang

By Philip Adeboye
April 02, 2024
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Senator Diket Plang, representing Plateau Central in the upper legislative chamber under the All Progressives Congress, has refuted claims of budget padding for the 2024 fiscal year.

Speaking to journalists in Jos on Monday, Plang, a member of the Senate appropriation committee, clarified that the National Assembly approved a budget of N28.77 trillion.

According to the lawmaker, President Bola Tinubu presented a budget proposal of N27.2 trillion to a joint session of the National Assembly on November 29, 2023. In response to the executive's request, the National Assembly augmented the budget by approximately 1.5 trillion, bringing it to the approved total of N28.77 trillion.

“On the request by the executive, we added the said sum because of critical issues such as food security. Hunger had come in as a result of fuel subsidy removal and devaluation of the naira and there was a need for some measures.

“They were not in the initial budget. There was an urgent need to provide additional money for the security agencies to enable them to purchase weapons. There are classified expenditures like those for the security agencies that are not captured in the printed budget,’’ he said.

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Plang stated that the 10th National Assembly was lucky to be working with President Bola Tinubu, who knows the workings of the legislature, having been a former senator.

According to him, the executive arm was populated with former lawmakers, including the vice president, the chief of staff, the secretary to the government of the federation, and the wife of the president.

“There is a cordial working relationship between the two arms of government because the executive understands lawmaking and knows what the National Assembly wants,” he said.

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