Budget-Padding Tracker: Committee Chairman denies allegations, dares Jibrin

Following allegations by former Chairman House Committee on Appropriations, Abdulmumin Jibrin that some committee chairmen padded the budget with 2000 fictitious projects worth N284b, one of them has denied it.

Zakari Mohammed, Chairman of the committee on Basic Education has denied having any knowledge about Jibrin’s allegations in a statement released on Monday.

Jibrin had alleged Mohammed, who is the Chairman, Committee on Basic Education and nine others of padding the budget with 2000 fictitious projects worth N284b.

Mohammed dared Jibrin to involve anti-graft agencies as he has threatened.

The Basic Education Committee Chairman also said he was unaware of padding in budget preparation for five years he has been the House of Representatives.

The statement reads, “Ordinarily, I would have ignored his face-saving tweets but the fact that he is deceptively carrying many Nigerians along makes it imperative to protect my hard-earned integrity and about 10 years of unblemished career in as a political office holders.

“Prior to joining politics, I had worked as a civil servant for 14 years with outstanding records. I cannot allow a desperado, who is also a gold digger, to rubbish my impeccable integrity.

“I have not spoken or had personal contact with Jibrin since November 2015 because I have always had reservations on his conduct and over rated personality; he held every member in contempt and arrogated usurped powers to himself.

“He was so overwhelmed by his ambition to drag me into his plot to the extent that he referred to me as the chairman of the House Committee on higher education because of his orchestrated mission against me.

“I wish to place on record that throughout the period of consideration of the 2016 Appropriation Act, I did not meet or write Jibrin for assistance to include any item or project in my constituency not even when he sent Hon. Muktar Betera, chairman defence to some of us to write via our letter heads requesting for assistance from him.

“Instead, I concentrated on my job as the Chairman of the House Committee on Basic Education. The proposals for Basic Education were easier in treating because the enabling Act of UBEC is explicit on how it should be funded. I want him to produce any of my write ups in my letter head to the public.

“Our submission on the 2016 budget was a product of our committee’s relentless work, in conjunction with the Senate Committee on Basic Education.

“I challenge Jibrin to point out the specific areas that our committee fell short of its duties.

“I have no file with EFCC or its allied agency but the same cannot be said of the former Appropriation Committee chairman. Nigerians should therefore disregard his accusations because they are as a result of frustration of his removal.

“As for Jibrin’s formal report to the EFCC, I am more than ready to appear before any agency or anywhere to prove my innocence. I have no skeletons in my cupboard.”

On budget padding, Mohammed said it was a strange phenomenon, adding,  “What a sitting President brings to the National Assembly, according to Section 80(1) and (2) of the  1999 Constitution is an estimate which the Legislature is expected to consider and assist the Executive in reviewing appropriations for its plans and projects for the country for the fiscal year.

“Jibrin should look elsewhere for his prey. I was a public servant first for 14yrs before taking political appointments  in 2002 as a Special Assistant, Commissioner for Sports and later Commissioner for Energy in Kwara State, including pioneering the first football academy in nigeria as chairman of the board and that of the state football team in my home state.my track records are clear and above board.

“On getting to the National Assembly in 2011, I chaired the  sensitive media and public affairs committee and I was never found wanting in all aspects of my duties, financially or otherwise.

“I went this far to let the sadistic Abdulmumin Jibrin know that as a student of government I have built a reputation on credible  slate without cutting corners. This assignment cannot be an exception because I have a family name and a lineage which is symbolized by diligence and not riches at all costs.”

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