Budget padding: EFCC, AGF, IGP should investigate lawmakers – NYO

As accusation and counter-accusation continue to dog the 2016 budget, the Nigeria Youth Organisation (NYO) yesterday called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Inspector General of Police and the Attoney-General of the Federation to beam their search light on the activities of the lawmakers.

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The group, in a statement by its national president, Solomon Ikegwuru, also commended the federal government for launching the “Agriculture Alternative” policy, noting that if the policy is implemented diligently it would make the nation great again.

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NYO expressed disappointment over the budget saga in the House of Representatives saying ; “the Nigeria Youth Organization (NYO) is watching with great disappointment the budget padding saga in the House of Representatives and the spirited attempt by the leadership of the House to hoodwink Nigerians as usual to believe it is a blackmail.

“Reading in-between the lines of the leadership’s defence one can discover the tissue of lies. It is a sad commentary for our nation, that at time when we are going through very difficult times occasioned by bad governance and massive looting of public funds and the current administration’s fight against corruption that our legislature will be occupied by people who are only interested in aggravating further the suffering of Nigerians.”

The group said that the House leadership should hide their heads in shame, adding, “we call on the Attoney-General of the Country, the Nigeria Police and EFCC to swing into action immediately and properly investigate this act of corruption.

“Budget padding is a criminal offence punishable under the criminal code and budget padding is not a legislative act or an oversight function and therefore cannot be said to be covered by legislative immunity. Investigating the alleged perpetrators will not in any way violate legislative immunity. The National Assembly is not a crime-free zone in Nigeria.”

Meanwhile, NYO has assured the federal government of supporting the

“Agriculture Alternative” policy, where it was said that land would readily be available to engage willing youths in agriculture as a means of empowerment and employment.”

The Youth also commended the Federal Inland Revenue Service for the increase in its revenue generation efforts and advised it to continues to seek new revenue yielding areas like the collection of property tax and tenement rate from the numerous empty housing estates and houses scattered all over Abuja.

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