SERAP counters Dogara, says budget padding is corruption
Written by Morenike Adebayo on August 8, 2016
The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, has criticised the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, for saying that budget padding is not a crime under the Nigerian law. It would be recalled that former Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations, Abdulmumin Jibrin, had accused the Speaker, and four others of illegally inserting over forty billion naira into the 2016 budget. Responding to the accusations, Dogara had last week claimed that budget padding under the Nigerian law is not a crime.
However, SERAP, while faulting Dogara’s comment maintained that budget padding is corruption. Its Executive Director, Adetokunbo Mumuni said the allegations against Dogara suggest a subversion of the budget process, which in itself is a crime and also a fundamental breach of constitutional provisions. He advises Dogara to step aside for investigation.