The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), has dismissed reports of some sections who claimed its 2022 budget was padded to the tune of N4.5billion naira. ayokinews.com reports
The dismissal report was made known in a statement released by the Director, Media and Advocacy, NDLEA, Femi Babafemi, on Wednesday in Abuja.
Babafemi stated that the NDLEA had been receiving calls and messages from various sources, seeking clarification on the alleged N4.5billion padded into the agency’s budget being considered by the upper legislative Chamber (Senate).
He noted that the amount was allegedly said to be for the construction of police barracks for the NDLEA personnel.
Clearing the agency’s name from the allegation, Babafemi stated that the earlier budget padding of N4.5bn leveled against the NDLEA for the construction of police barracks was false.
“It is public knowledge that President Muhammadu Buhari magnanimously approved the construction of barracks for NDLEA over a period of four years, starting from 2022 fiscal year.
“Investigations have confirmed that the amount in question is, indeed, for the construction of NDLEA barracks but typographically inputted as ‘police barracks’ in one of the documents attached to the proposal from the budget office.
“The typo error has since been corrected and the budget cleared on Tuesday by the Senate Committee,” Babafemi said.