THE Senate yesterday rejected the report of its Committee on Drugs and Narcotics when it uncovered the document that illegally contains N4.5 billion meant for the construction of Police barracks in the 2022 budget for the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA.
Presenting the report to the Committee on Appropriations, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Drugs and Narcotic, Senator Hezekiah Dimka, All Progressives Congress, APC, Plateau Central said that the
his Committee uncovered the anomaly in the course of scrutinizing the budget document presented to it by the Ministry of Finance and quickly raised the alarm.
Consequently, Senator Barau Jibrin, APC, Kano North led Committee on Appropriation turned down the report on the budget for NDLEA and asked the Committee to go and correct the padded N4.5billion.
The N4.5 billion padding in the budget for NDLEA came after the Senate Committee on Environment chaired by former Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu discovered how a whopping sum of N16 was inserted in the proposed in the 2022 Appropriation Bill for the repayment of the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project, NEWMAP.