From Fred Itua, Abuja

Senate Spokesman, Yemi Adaramodu, has dismissed claims that the 2024 Appropriation Act was padded to the tune of N3 trillion.

Adaramodu spoke following claims by the Chairman of Northern Senators’ Forum, Abdul Ningi, that there were some allegations about the budget.

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Adaramodu said: “There is no budget padding as far as the Senate and the National Assembly are concerned. The National budget is a public document, which expressly stated the expected revenue and the expenditure of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“The Senate under the leadership of Senator Godswill Akpabio is not aware of any varied execution of the 2024 appropriation mandate, as approved. The budget presentation and approval processes were made in the public glare, while the Presidential assent was also in a public ceremony.

“Any infractions would have been brought before the Senate, if any. The general public should be at rest that there is no budget padding anywhere and we are confident that the 2024 appropriation law shall be strictly executed, under strict legislative oversight.”