Abdulmumin Jubrin Meets With APC Over Budget Padding Scandal

Budget Padding, Abdulmumin JibrinThe ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is finally wading into the budget padding scandal rocking the House of Representatives.

The embattled former Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumin Jubrin, has appeared at the APC headquarters in Abuja for a meeting with the party leadership in respect of the crisis in the House.

The APC Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Mr Timi Frank, had asked the Oyegun-led party leadership to resign for failing to intervene in the House budget padding saga.

Honorable Abdulmumin Jubrin is accusing the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara and the House leadership of padding the 2016 budget.

The APC had stated that it made several attempts to reach Mr Jibrin through calls and text messages, but he maintained that it would have been very difficult for him to attend because of “an attempt by the quartet of Speaker Dogara and others, who were determined to kidnap me until few days when my lawyers requested and got maximum protection for me from the DSS and Police”.

Mr Jubrin, after agreeing to honour the invitation, however, noted that the invitation “did not in anyway indicate it is a disciplinary committee”.

Mr Jubrin said, via his Twitter account, “APC will do the rightful thing by throwing its weight to support our resolve to wipe out corruption in the House and direct Speaker Dogara, Dep Lasun, Whip Alhassan Doguwa and Minority Leader, Leo Ogor, to reconvene the House immediately and step down and face their imminent prosecution and save the party and our dear country from further embarrassment”.

APC Invites Abdulmumin Jibrin Over Allegations Of Padded Budget

Abdulmumin Jibrin,The All Progressives Congress (APC) has invited the former Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriation, Rep. Abdulmumin Jibrin over allegations of the padded budget.

Mr Jibrin, who said he will honour the invitation despite his “tight schedules”, however noted that the invitation “did not in anyway indicate it is a disciplinary committee”.

The Party had stated that it has made several attempt to reach Mr Jibrin through calls and text messages, but he maintained that “it would have been very difficult for me to attend because of an attempt by the quartet of Speaker Dogara and others, who were determined to kidnap me until few days when my lawyers requested and got maximum protection for me from the DSS and police”.

Mr Jubrin expressed optimism that the “APC will do will do the rightful thing by throwing its weight to support our resolve to wipe out corruption in the House and direct Speaker Dogara, Dep Lasun, Whip Alhassan Doguwa and Minority Leader, Leo Ogor, to reconvene the House immediately and Step down and face their imminent prosecution and save the party and our dear country from further embarrassment”, he said via his twitter account.

House To Send 2016 Budget To Presidency In Two Weeks

2016 budget-HouseThe Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation, Rep. Abdulmumin Jibrin on Wednesday said details of the 2016 Budget is still being worked on and will hopefully be sent to the Presidency within the next two weeks.

According to the lawmaker, usually the details are not sent to the President with the estimates but noted that the President reserves the right to insist that it be sent.

The lawmaker said the 2016 Budget is one of the most difficult budget ever dealt with by the National Assembly and the lawmakers have a responsibility to ensure that what they pass is without errors.

The National Assembly had passed the 2016 budget of 6.06 trillion Naira.

The budget passed on Wednesday, March 23 by the Senate and the House of Representatives was 17 billion Naira lower than the figure of 6.07 trillion Naira presented by President Muhammadu Buhari to the National Assembly in December.

Addressing reporters after the passage of the budget, the chairmen of Appropriation Committees in the Senate and the House of Representatives said that for the first time, the National Assembly had reduced the size of the aggregate expenditure, consequently reducing the total recurrent expenditure, deficit and borrowing plan.

 

NASS Defends Position On N500Bln Social Welfare Package

NASSThe joint committee of the National Assembly on appropriations says the National Assembly has not discarded the proposed 500 billion Naira for social welfare in the 2016 budget.

This is according to a statement jointly signed by the chairmen of the appropriation committees of the two chambers, Senator Danjuma Goje and Rep. Abdulmumin Jibrin.

The lawmakers said that they had only made observations on the proposal during their meeting with the Ministers of Finance, Budget and National Planning, during their meeting on the 2016 budget.

The lawmakers said that they had expressed concern over reports indicating that the government is yet to put in place adequate preparations for the welfare programme and suggested to the executive that the money proposed in the 2016 budget be invested in some critical sectors, while adequate preparations are made for its full take off in 2017.

They say they are waiting for the response of the executive on their suggestion.

Senate, Reps Agree on $53 Benchmark For 2015 Budget

NASS_NewThe Senate and the House of Representatives have adopted $53 as the oil benchmark price for the 2015 budget.

The adoption was agreed in a meeting of the Conference Committee of the two chambers in a meeting yesterday, ahead of the anticipated passage of the N4.3 trillion budget by the National Assembly.

The Senate committee was headed by Senator Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi, while that of the House was headed by Rep Abdulmumin Jibrin, both of whom head their respective finance committees.

The chambers had separately approved the benchmark with the Senate agreeing to $52, while the House had settled on $54 per barrel.

The 150 billion naira budget of the National Assembly was also slashed by 30 billion naira, with this, the National Assembly’s budget for the year is now N120 billion.