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Senate Warns Tinubu Against Illegal Expenditure

The Senate warned President Bola Tinubu, on Tuesday, against illegal expenditure and urged him to obtain a supplementarybudget for the Compressed Natural Gas program.

The Senate, through its Gas Committee, led by Senator Jarigbe Jarigbe, requested the executive branch to provide a 2023 Supplementary Budget to kickstart the Compressed Natural Gas project as soon as possible.

This request came just 48 hours after President Bola Tinubu outlined measures to cushion the pains currently faced by Nigerians with the removal of fuel subsidies.

The lawmakers maintained that the law was against extra-budgetary spending.

The committee’s chairman who praised Tinubu for the CNG initiative, however, warned that it would be illegal to spend taxpayers’ money or the money without the approval of the National Assembly, and other projects in the gas value chain.

The senators also cautioned against extra-budgetary expenditure through ‘Ways and Means’, saying the legislature was ready to support bringing comfort to the people.

Jarigbe praised Tinubu on his CNG revolution to power vehicles.

He said, “The noble initiative would ameliorate the hardship of the citizens. Also, the President needs to come up with a supplementary budget to enable the government to fund the gas value chain, including the provision for CNG infrastructure and CNG vehicles.”

He also stated that the training and workshops for CNG adoption would need to be funded.

“The President should not embark on extra-budgetary expenditure because it would be inconsistent with the provisions of the law.”

Jarigbe said that the National Assembly under the leadership of Senator Godswill Akpabio, the Senate President, was ready to support the lofty programs of Tinubu.

He disclosed that a 2023 supplementary budget would be most appropriate, unlike the ‘Ways and Means’ approach used by the former administration, which had remained a major issue of contention in the Central Bank of Nigeria.

In his independence speech, Tinubu explained he would ensure that the hardship Nigerians faced was allayed.

Tinubu had said, “A Nigeria where hunger, poverty, and hardship are pushed into the shadows of an ever-fading past.

“We have opened a new chapter in public transportation through the deployment of cheaper, safer CNG buses across the nation. These buses will operate at a fraction of current fuel prices, positively affecting transport fares.”

He also said his administration was setting up training facilities and workshops nationwide to train and provide transport operators and entrepreneurs with new opportunities.

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