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Senator risks suspension over N3tr budget padding allegation

The senator representing Bauchi central, Sen. Abdul Ningi, could be handed a suspension over the allegation that the 2024 Appropriation Bill was padded by N3 trillion.




Over the weekend, Ningi, who is the chairman of the Northern Senators Forum, said “huge damage” has been done to the north and the entire country with the budget.



The National Assembly had passed a budget of N28.7 trillion for the 2024 fiscal year.




President Bola Tinubu had proposed N27.5 trillion, but the lawmakers had increased it by N1.2 trillion.

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Some senators who have disagreed with Ningi plan to take up the allegation on the floor of the upper legislative chamber on Tuesday, Solomon Adeola, chair of the senate committee on appropriations, said on Sunday.




By the senate standing rules, a senator could seek redress if it is established that his privilege has been breached by his colleague or an outsider.




Such matters are referred to the committee on ethics and privileges, which recommends to the larger house what punishment should be meted out to the offender.