2024 Budget: I got more than others – Senator Ndume reacts to Agom-Jarigbe’s N500m claim

In a recent televised discussion, Senate Chief Whip Ali Ndume disclosed that his allocation for constituency projects surpassed the standard N200 million provided to his peers in the National Assembly. Representing Borno South Senatorial District, Ndume’s comments came as a response to allegations of uneven budget distributions among senators.

The controversy was sparked by Senator Jarigbe Agom-Jarigbe’s claim that certain senators received N500 million each for constituency projects within the 2024 Budget. This revelation emerged during a debate on budget padding, a practice where funds are allocated without designated projects, as highlighted by Senator Abdul Ningi’s assertion that N3.7 trillion of the N28.7 trillion budget lacked specific project ties.

Ndume acknowledged the disparity, stating that as a principal officer, he, along with nine other leaders, received more than the floor members. This admission has stirred discussions on the equity of budget allocations and the transparency of the decision-making process within the Senate.

The debate continues as Nigerians seek clarity on the distribution of public funds, particularly in light of the significant responsibilities entrusted to their elected officials. The focus now turns to the Senate’s budget committee and the presiding officers, who hold the reins of fiscal decisions, to ensure fair and just allocations that reflect the needs and aspirations of the Nigerian populace.

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