2018 budget
Nigerian Senate

The South East Senate Caucus has expressed shock and disappointment over reported reduction in the 2018 budget allocation for the Enugu Airport Terminal.

The Chairman of the caucus, Sen. Enyinnaya Abaribe, and lawmakers from the region said they learnt that an allocation of N2 billion sustained by the two aviation committees of the Senate and House of Representatives, were said to have been slashed to N500 million.

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The lawmaker said that the caucus had summoned an emergency meeting of South East lawmakers to unravel when the cut was effected and by who.

“No right thinking Igbo man would support any cut on allocation for projects in the South East region,” he said.

Abaribe, who said that the budget documents were verifiable, noted that “we are committed and determined to find out who made the cut.”

He said that the caucus actually lobbied for the Enugu Airport Terminal allocation to be increased to N3.5 billion until the Ministry of Aviation told members of the caucus that what they had was an envelope which could not be increased beyond the N2 billion allocation.

Abaribe, who is also the Chairman, Senate Committee on Power, Steel Development and Metallurgy, noted that N30 billion was smuggled into the power budget without his committee’s knowledge.