2024 Budget: Ndume exposes 10 senators who got over N200 million

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Ali Ndume, the Senate Chief Whip, has reacted to the dispute over the allocation of funds designated for lawmakers’ constituency projects within their respective senatorial districts.

Ndume was responding to allegations by Senator Jarigbe Agom-Jarigbe from Cross River North that some senators got about N500 million each from the 2024 budget for constituency projects.

Agom-Jarigbe had on Tuesday, during a story session in Abuja, made the startling disclosure while the lawmakers debated budget padding claims by Senator Abdul Ningi from Bauchi Central Senatorial District.

Speaking with ChannelsTV on Wednesday, Ndume revealled that he and other leaders of the 10th Senate got more than the N200 million allocation his colleagues and floor members received for constituency projects in the 2024 budget.

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“My colleagues know that I go more than them (floor members). All the senators have N200 million (each) as their constituency projects but I am a leader. That is the difference,” Ndume announced.

“Ten of us are leaders including those in the opposition. We get more than the floor members. It’s normal… My colleagues know that I go more than them,” he added.

The current leaders of the 10th Senate include:

Godswill Akpabio – Senate President
Jibrin Barau – Deputy Senate President
Opeyemi Bamidele – Senate Majority Leader
Oyelola Yisa Ashiru – Deputy Majority Leader
Ali Ndume – Chief Whip
Lola Ashiru – Deputy Whip
Abba Moro – Minority Leader
Kamorudeen Olarere – Deputy Minority Leader
Darlington Nwokeocha – Senate Minority Whip
Rufai Hanga – Deputy Minority Whip


When asked whether the claim by Agom-Jarigbe was true, Ndume said: “It’s disparity now, we are not the same; all animals are equal but some are more equal than the other. That’s what the case is. They have agreed to that.

“All the senators have N200m (each) as their constituency projects but I am a leader. That is the difference. 10 of us are leaders including those in the opposition. We get more than the floor members. It’s normal.

“That decision is taken by the senators. We have the senate budget committee before but now the floor members entrusted that to the presiding officers. That’s the difference. So, most the senators don’t know what I get and I will not tell you,” he added.


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