The senator representing Osun East Senatorial District in the upper chamber, Senator Babajide Omowoware, has said that the issue of budget padding is not a new thing, saying that since he has been in the Senate, it had been the same.
Senator Omowoware who spoke today on Abuja-based radio station, Rhythm 94.7 said: ”after spending about five years now in the Senate, I make bold to say there is no budget that has to come to us that hasn’t been padded!”
The senator who is the chairman of the Senate Committee on Rules and Business, said that it is the norm in the past for legislators to have their inputs added into the document.
He however called for the understanding of Nigerians in the current impasse, assuring that the executive and the legislature are working closely to ensure the budget is passed on time. Omowaware’s confession is an indictment on the 7th Senate which he was part of and was presided over by immediate past Senate president, Senate David Mark. [myad]