Right activist and President, Women Arise for Change Initiative, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin, has urged the citizens to monitor the management of public funds and expose every tendency to abuse the process by those involved.
She also described the allegations of budget padding among legislators as bothersome.
According to her: “We need to ask why it took Jibrin this long to expose the issue after the budget was submitted to the Assembly almost seven months and signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari over two months ago.”
“It is a standard practice for the legislators to make additions or subtractions in an appropriation bill since they have a legitimate role to play in the budgeting process. However, every input or otherwise into the budget must be open, transparent and involve projects or services that have direct impact on the citizens. Anything outside this amounts to misappropriation and abuse of office,” she added.
Also, Lagos-based lawyer, Adeola Samuel-Ilori, said: “Budget padding or insertion is unconstitutional and is an aberration to our grundnorm. It is wrong because the constitutional provision of budgeting is primarily the power of the executive. Legislators can only suggest areas in the budget that they feel needs improvement.”

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