How Budget Padding Can Be Stopped – Sen Ita Enang
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters , Sen Ita Enang made his position known in his paper presented at Legislative Lawyers Forum, LLF, during the just concluded 2016 Nigeria Bar Association, NBA, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
Senator Ita Enang said the special attention being accorded to sectoral allocation in the country’s annual budget, leaving other details in the hands of appropriation committees of the legislature to handle and approve for government agencies and parastatals, was responsible for padding.
He said: “There is also the common practice that after bills may have been passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives, the legal department now re-drafts the bills, perhaps, changing certain words to give them a presentation in a legal draftsman’s perfect legislative draft. This, in my view, is inconsistent with the provisions of the law.”
According to him, the practice must stop, if padding of the budget must be brought to an end.