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Senate denies Enang’s N2.2bn Ruga budget claim

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The leadership of the Senate, on Sunday, challenged the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Ita Enang, to show Nigerians, where the N2.258bn he claimed was appropriated for the Rural Grazing Area programme, was inserted in the 2019 budget.

The leadership of the upper chamber said it scrutinised the current national fiscal document to authenticate the claims of the presidential liaison officer but found no amount meant for the implementation of Ruga programme in the 2019 budget.

Last week, Enang was reported to have said that the Federal Government made a provision of N2.258bn for the implementation of the programme in the 2019 budget.

Enang was quoted to have told indigenes of Akwa Ibom State, who are students of the Nigerian Law School, Abuja, that the budget had been passed by the National Assembly and signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari.

But the Senate Leader, Senator Yahaya Abdullahi, told one of our correspondents in a telephone interview that no such money was voted for the implementation of Ruga in the 2019 budget. He challenged Enang to prove him wrong.

Abdullahi said, “We have gone through the 2019 budget critically and we did not come across any money that was voted for Ruga programme implementation there. Let Senator Ita Enang prove us wrong,  then we will take the issue up from there.

“He who alleges must prove,” the Senate Leader added.

Also, the Minority Leader of the Senate, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe,  in a separate interview with one of our correspondents, assured Nigerians that necessary legislative actions would be taken on the issue when the federal lawmakers resume from their recess in September.

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