HOUSE FIRES COMMITTEE CHAIR OVER BUDGET 2016 PADDING

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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 Jibrin 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.

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