Dyepkazah Shibayan, Abuja
The Appropriation Committee of the House of Representatives, Friday, said its former chairman, Abdulmumin Jibrin, worked on the 2016 budget with a consultant at an undisclosed location for three weeks.
Deputy Chairman of the committee, Chris Azubogu, stated this when he spoke to journalists in Abuja.
He explained that based on Jibrin’s unilateral decisions, on behalf of the committee, complaints were made to speaker that he should be removed from his position as chairman.
He added Jibrin allotted all decisions to himself without conferring with members.
“For the avoidance of doubt, we wish to state that a comprehensive collation of the reports of the budget from the various standing committees of the house was done by the appropriation committee which was in the process of deliberation when the ousted chairman unilaterally hi-jacked the entire budget to a hideout with his consultant without the consent of the committee.
“That was the last time the Committee saw the budget only for Hon Jibrin Abdulmumin to resurface about three weeks later, with a report purported to have come from the Committee.
“In his calm and peaceful manner, Mr. Speaker sought to resolve the matter amicably in the overall interest of the House and the nation.
“In his usual recalcitrant manner, Hon. Abdulmumin preferred the confrontational approach which irked the members to request for his urgent removal from office. This request was overwhelmingly supported by the entire House.
“In response to this demand by members, Mr. Speaker had no choice than to act accordingly in order to maintain the integrity of the whole house”, Azubogu said.
While stating that there was no offence known to the Nigerian law as budget padding, Azubogu said there was no breach in the appropriation process that will warrant any external interference.
“We therefore request that Hon. Jibrin Abdulmumin should tow the path of honour and conduct himself in a manner befitting an Honourable Member of the House of Representatives”, he said.