The chairman of the House of Representatives committee on appropriation, Hon. Abdulmumin Jibrin, has confirmed report that he and his counterpart in the senate, Senator Danjuma Goje, supervised the altered allocations of projects in the budget by members of the National Assembly.
Controversy has surrounded the 2016 budget following allegation by the presidency that the National Assembly removed the Lagos-Calabar rail project in the proposed budget, and the lawmakers sneaked their constituencies projects into it.
Consequently, a faction of the lawmakers denied removing the rail project, insisting it was never included in the proposed budget sent by the presidency.
Chairman of the House of Representatives committee on appropriation, Hon. Jibrin, representing Kiru/Bebeji Federal constituency of Kano, has however confirmed the allegation that the lawmakers altered allocations to key areas, and reallocated them to projects located in their constituencies.
Reacting to the allegation that he allocated projects worth N4.169 billion to his constituency, the 39-year-old lawmaker told Daily Trust:
“It is true that there are projects allocated to my constituency just like other members did. Just because I’m the chairman of the appropriation committee, my constituents should not get projects? Are my constituents not Nigerians?
“Every member has one project or the other in his constituency, so I don’t think I did anything wrong by having some projects in my constituency. I think people should be fair to me please,” he said.