‘There Was No Breakdown, Presentation Was Deceitful’ — NNPP lawmaker Alleges Tinubu Submitted Budget With No Document

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Lawmaker representing the Gwaram federal constituency of Jigawa in the House of Representatives, Yusuf Galambi, has alleged that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu presented a budget without details to the House.

Recall that on Wednesday, Tinubu presented the 2024 appropriation bill of N27.5 trillion before the joint sitting of the National Assembly.

However, Galambi in an interview with British Broadcasting Corporation Hausa on Friday, said the Tinubu, after addressing lawmakers, presented the budget wihout details.

The member of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) said the document Tinubu presented did not contain a breakdown of what every agency and organisation of government would get.

“The president read his speech to us on the 2024 budget. But regarding the document of the budget, we did not see it.

“He just read his calculations to us but did not give us a breakdown of what every organisation will get like the way it is done every time where a document of what will be spent will be presented. But this time around nothing was brought to us.

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“We checked the case of the document he presented and found it empty.

“In the history of the national assembly, such incident has never happened until this year and this is not what the constitution of the country said should be done.

“What just took place was a paper containing things that are going to be done was read before us.

“But the document was not given to us to go through to see what each and every organisation would get.

“This incident is shocking because we have never seen anything like it or ever dreamt of it to happen until this year.

“We see this matter as deceit. If you are not done with preparing the budget, then why come and tell lawmakers you are ready.

“Wait until you are ready then come and properly present it to us. What is the point of rushing to come and present an empty document?” he queried.

Meanwhile, the 2024 appropriation bill passed second reading in the parliament during plenary on Friday.