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House fires committee chair over Budget 2016 padding by AndrewO: 2:1 am On 7 Jul 2016
House fires committee chair over
Budget 2016 padding
by Victor Oluwasegun, Abuja, July 21, 2016 at
12:40 am in Featured , News
The House of Representatives yesterday
replaced its Appropriation Committee
Chairman, Abdulmumin Jibrin, over the
controversial “padding” of the 2016 budget.
Jibrin (APC Kano) was replaced
with Mustapha Dawaki, also APC Kano, the
former House committee chairman on
Housing.
But Jubrin denied being sacked. According to
him, he resigned the position after “extensive
consultation” with his family.
During the controversy over the passage of
this year’s budget, Jibrin was accused of
allocating 20 projects worth N4.3 billion to his
constituency without the consent of his
committee members.
Projects worth N40 billion were also said to
have been surreptitiously allocated to the
leadership of the Appropriations Committees
of the Senate and the House of
Representatives and also without the
knowledge of other members.
The padded budget, which was returned by
the Executive was reworked before President
Muhammadu Buhari eventually assented to it
after a meeting of Presidency officials with
principal officers of the Senate and the
House.
A 15-member harmonisation Committee was
raised to sort out the grey areas.
When the furore on the padding died down,
some members called for Jibrin’s removal.
Jubrin, at a news conference yesterday,
attended by some members of the committee,
said he did no wrong as far as the
committee’s work was concerned.
He described his “resignation” as a personal
decision.
Jibrin said his hands were clean and promised
to give details “of what transpired in the 2016
Appropriations” later.
Jibrin said his revelations will not be “to
attack anybody but so that we can also learn
collectively and see how we can move the
system forward.”
“But whether I like it or not, I was the
Chairman of Appropriations and my signature
was on all the documents even though I know
that I am not at fault.
“Of course we are all aware of a lot of issues
that took place during the process of the 2016
budget. I have always maintained one position,
that as the Chairman, Appropriations, I did my
very best. Until date, I have said that if
anybody has anything that I have done that
amounts to an abuse of my office, or amounts
to an illegality, that it should be brought
forward.”
The lawmaker went on: “I’ve said it several
times that I can be reported to the authorities
or the relevant arm of government or the
internal disciplinary measure of the House
should take its course. And as it is until date,
nobody has raised any issue against me.
“ And that has been the case even while I was
Chairman Finance. For four years, I was
chairman Finance and I executed my
responsibility diligently and I left an
unblemished record.”
He said there were a lot of “obstacles here
and there” during the 2016 budget
appropriation.
“Even if I’m not at fault, it is only proper that I
take the responsibility. I believe that the best
thing I should do under the circumstance is to
step aside so that the committee can move
forward,” Jibrin said.
During plenary, Speaker. Yakubu’s Dogara
announced a replacement Mustapha Bala
Dawaki (Kudu/Warawa Federal Constituency,
Kano) as Jubrin’s replacement..
Dogara said: “He ( Jibrin) met me and said he
does not think he would continue as the
committee chairman due to pressure of the
work.”
The Speaker said the House leadership had
taken a decision to replace him as the
committee chairman.
Jibrin (Bebeji/Kiru Federal Constituency,
Kano) was the chairman of the committee on
Finance in the Seventh House. He was made
Chairman of the House Committee on
Appropriations after Dogara’s emergence as
Speaker of the Eighth Assembly.

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