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Budget Padding: Transparency Group Emerges In House Of Reps, Call For Dogara Resignation

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Three members of the Transparency Group in Nigeria’s lower legislative chamber, the House of Representatives, has demanded the resignation of the speaker, Yakubu Dogara.

The lawmakers, Baballe Bashir, Agunsoye Oluwarotimi-Ojo and Abubakar Chika-Adamu, in a statement on Saturday, August 6, 2016, insisted that Dogara indeed “padded” the budget and should resign to pave the way for unfettered investigations into the allegations.

The legislators, who claimed to be speaking on behalf of other members of the group, advised their colleagues against signing to pass a confidence vote on Dogara.

They, alleged, “While the entire zonal intervention for the three senatorial districts of Bauchi State and 12 federal constituencies in the state amounts to N1.6bn, the speaker criminally inserted about 200 per cent of the amount, totalling N3,079,000,000 to his constituency alone.

“The same Speaker Yakubu Dogara diverted 50 per cent of the total capital projects allocated to Bauchi State to the tune of N4,781,003,431 out of N9,231,289,842 allocated to the state to his constituency,” the group said.

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