A Political Consultant and Economic Expert, Dr Austin Nweze has accused the National Assembly of arm twisting Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to pad budgets for their own selfish gains, not minding the negative outcome that might be experienced by all parties involved.

He made the allegations while fielding questions bothering on revelations of budget padding on Crest FM’s Programme, The Crest Breakfast Show.

Nweze, who spoke based on his experience in government, disclosed that MDAs most times would have scrutinized their budgets in readiness for speedy passage, only to be spurred on to add astronomical amounts and additional projects to it by some greedy members of the National Assembly.

The political consultant challenged Nigerians to ensure they elect leaders with proven character, integrity and technical know how on proper supervision and delivery of the budget.

It would be recalled that the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) had earlier revealed that the 2021, 2022, and the proposed 2023 budgets had been padded almost to the tune of one trillion naira.

Credit: Crest FM

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