The House of Representatives has opened investigations into all executed capital projects and repeated funds by MDAs in the Appropriation Acts of 2015 till date.

Declaring the investigative hearing open, the Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila, represented by the Leader of the House, Alhassan Ado-Doguwa, said the essence of the probe is to ensure accountability and entrench transparency in governance.

He condemned the poor attendance at the hearing and urged all MDAs not to hold back information requested by the ad hoc Committee.

Chairman of the committee, Abubakar Yalleman and the sponsor of the motion leading to the investigative hearing, Yusuf Gagdi, said the outcome of the legislative exercise will have meaningful impact on the citizens.

Budget padding, a phrase that became popular at the inception of the Buhari administration, explains how strange items are found in the budget, without fulfilling the requirements of appropriation.

The probe among others, intends to find out how the country’s finances have been affected by budget padding and double spending.


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