In a statement released on Sunday by Senator Yemi Adaramodu, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs....
By Mudiaga Praise
The 10th Senate responded to allegations that it inflated the supplementary budget, which was recently approved and enacted into law. Several online news outlets reported that an additional N70 billion was added to the budget as a “gift” from the executive branch of government.
In a statement released on Sunday by Senator Yemi Adaramodu, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, the Senate expressed bewilderment at the origin of these reports. The statement emphasized that the responsibility of passing laws lies solely with lawmakers and that they do not require any gifts from the executive branch to perform their duties. It further clarified that the Supplementary Appropriation Act was passed to allocate funds for the Federal Government’s Palliative for the Nigerian public and other national needs.
“Suffice to say that the passage is part of the absolute constitutional duty of the Senate.
“We would therefore, not wish to join issues with the mischief and misrepresentation that a portion of the just passed Amendment Act that appropriated N70 billion was a ‘gift’ to the Legislators,” the statement noted.
Senator Adaramodu stressed that “a visit to the suites, offices and the general structures of the National Assembly complex would reveal a yearning and the need for exigent attention. Many Senators had to bring their chairs, tables and electronics and in many cases, do sundry repairs.
“The much debated allocation will not be paid to any legislator. This will be managed by the National Assembly Bureaucracy. It’s pertinent to also note that the National Assembly complex does not house only the Legislators. There are thousands of workers and service providers, whose working environments need a facelift and/or the necessary tools.
“Since the Assembly Complex is not owned by legislators who are merely political birds of passage, such an allocation cannot be termed by anyone as a palliative to the legislators.
“The alleged padding of the palliative budget by the national assembly only exists in the minds of those who are all out to discredit the 10th Assembly. There is nothing like padding, as alleged by some misinformed media outfits.
“We wish to urge fellow compatriots to see the national assembly as partners in the progress of Nigeria.”