The 10th Senate said reports that it padded the supplementary budget, which was passed into law last week, were mischievous.
The upper legislative chamber was reacting to reports in some online news outlets that the sum of N70 billion was padded into the supplementary budget as a “gift” from the executive arm of government.
In a statement issued on Sunday by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Yemi Adaramodu and made available to newsmen in Abuja, he wondered how the purveyors arrived at such reports, stating that passing laws was exclusive to lawmakers, hence, they needed no gift from the executive arm of government before doing their works.
The statement asserted that the passage of the Supplementary Appropriation Act was to accommodate funding for the Federal Government’s Palliative for the Nigerian public, among other National demands.
“Suffice to say that the passage is part of the absolute constitutional duty of the Senate.