Budget Padding: EFCC Finally begins Investigation

By Ikenga Chronicles October 8, 2016

Budget Padding: EFCC Finally begins Investigation

Reports have emerged that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) may finally have decided to investigate the allegation of budget padding. The allegation, raised by the former House Committee Chairman on Appropriation, Abdulmumin Jubrin, asserted that the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara and other principal officers have inserted sections in the budget for themselves. 

It will be recalled that there have been loud outcries over the loud silence of the financial watchdog on the matter. It got worse with the suspension of the whistleblower, Jubrin. However, the EFCC seems to be blowing a new tune now as they have started by inviting 16 directors of finance and accounts. This, they say, is to effectively investigate the matter.

“The EFCC has questioned directors of finance and account of 16 federal ministries in connection with the matter. “The top officials were invited and questioned after the commission had received and analysed original proposals from the ministries and the appropriation from the National Assembly between 2012 and 2016.  ”There are allegations and counter allegations and the Commission is looking at all of them,”. The Nation said. 

It remains to be seen if the the EFCC will sincerely investigate the matter, in line with the much preached anti-corruption stance of the administration.