By Sahelian Times
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has denied that N4.5bn was padded into its proposed 2022 budget.
In its budget, N4.5bn was budgeted for a Police barrack, which made many people suspicious of the budget.
The spokesman of the agency, Femi Babafemi, said on Wednesday in Abuja that the agency has been inundated with calls and messages since Tuesday seeking clarification on an alleged insertion of N4.5bn for the construction of police barracks into the NDLEA’s proposed budget being considered by the Senate.
“It is public knowledge that President Muhammadu Buhari approved the construction of barracks for NDLEA over a period of four years starting from the 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.