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We know nothing about N2.2bn Ruga budget – Senate counters Presidency

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The Senate has on Sunday faulted the claims by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Ita Enang, on special provision for Ruga settlements in the 2019 budget.

Enang had last week said N2.258bn has already been appropriated for the Rural Grazing Area programme in the 2019 budget.

He told this to indigenes of Akwa Ibom State, who are students of the Nigerian Law School, Abuja, that the budget had been passed by the National Assembly and signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari.

However, the Senate leadership said it has gone through the budget, but found no amount meant for the implementation of Ruga programme.

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Senate Leader, Senator Yahaya Abdullahi, told newsmen that no such money was voted for the implementation of Ruga in the 2019 budget. He challenged Enang to prove him wrong.

Abdullahi said, “We have gone through the 2019 budget critically and we did not come across any money that was voted for Ruga programme implementation there. Let Senator Ita Enang prove us wrong,  then we will take the issue up from there.

“He who alleges must prove,” the Senate Leader added.

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