Mr Ghali Na’Abba, former Speaker of the House of Representatives has called for proper investigation of the role played by the executive arm by some officials in the current budget padding controversy.
Mr Ghali Na’Abba said it when he was answering questions from Energy Correspondents, at a workshop organised by Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company (KRPC) in Kano, it is not possible for the budget to be padded without the connivance of government officials
Na’Abba said that the call for the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara to resign was “unwarranted” as there was no formal indictment of the speaker.
He also insisted that stealing of funds cannot be possible without active connivance with some members of the executive arm
Mr Ghali Na’Abba said that Nigerian should understand, where the issue being referred to as padding comes into play, is a situation where some members go behind and add items of expenditure to what has already been agreed upon.
“For either stealing the funds or doing whatever they feel like doing with it.
“So far, accusations are being traded amongst members of the house, but no investigation has been conducted.
“On the call for the resignation of the Speaker, the question is, what has the Speaker done to warrant his resignation?”
Accorfly to the nation report,Na’Abba called for full investigation to ascertain the level of involvement of members of the House mentioned in the allegation before calling on anyone to resign
“I expect that for 16 years of return to democracy, Nigerians would have understood the responsibilities of the National Assembly.
“For some weeks now, there has been controversy over what is called padding.
‘As far as I am concerned, the National Assembly has the responsibility to pass the budget, approve it and allow the executive arm to execute it.”On whether padding constituted an offence, Na’Abba said,
“It all depends on what angle you look at it, I just told you that the responsibility of appropriation belongs to the national assembly.
“If padding is seen as an offence, then it is when some members of the national assembly decide to add items of expenditure through the back door after the bill has been passed by the two legislative arms.
“It therefore behooves on Nigerians to decide who represent them in the national assembly.”