2024 Budget: I got more than others – Senator Ndume reacts to Agom-Jarigbe’s N500m claim

In a revealing interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today, Senate Chief Whip Ali Ndume lifts the veil on the intricate web of budget allocations within the 10th National Assembly. Contrary to the standard N200 million allocation for constituency projects, Ndume discloses receiving a significantly larger sum, sparking questions about equity and transparency in budget distribution.

As the representative of Borno South Senatorial District, Ndume sheds light on the disparity in funding distribution among senators, emphasizing his leadership position as a determining factor. With candid remarks, he acknowledges the existence of a hierarchical system where leaders, including those from opposition parties, receive more substantial allocations than their counterparts.

The controversy stems from allegations made by Senator Jarigbe Agom-Jarigbe, who exposed discrepancies in budget allocations during a heated debate on budget padding. Agom-Jarigbe’s assertion that some senators received a staggering N500 million each for constituency projects from the 2024 Appropriation Act adds fuel to the ongoing discourse on budget transparency and accountability.

Ndume’s acknowledgment of the “disparity” in funding allocation underscores the complexities of Senate dynamics, where hierarchical structures influence resource distribution. While Ndume refrains from divulging specifics, his admission raises pertinent questions about the fairness and equity of budget allocation processes within the National Assembly.

The revelation comes amidst growing scrutiny of budgetary practices and calls for greater transparency in governance. As Nigerians demand accountability from their elected representatives, Ndume’s disclosure serves as a sobering reminder of the challenges inherent in ensuring equitable resource allocation and effective oversight in the nation’s legislative process.

In the wake of these revelations, the spotlight now turns to the Senate’s commitment to addressing disparities in budget allocation and fostering greater transparency in governance. With public trust at stake, the onus lies on policymakers to uphold the principles of accountability and integrity, ensuring that budgetary decisions reflect the needs and aspirations of the Nigerian people.

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