Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, and his erstwhile ally and former chairman of
the House Appropriation Committee, Abdulmumin Jibrin, has provided a glimpse
into how lawmakers routinely make billions of naira by inserting fictitious
projects into the national budget each year.
Nigerians have been appalled at the scale of alleged fraud
perpetrated in the National Assembly, as revealed by Mr. Jibrin.
National Assembly for years, compiles some of the spilled secrets that
summarily highlight the many ways crooked lawmakers steal from the nation’s
Senate or House of Representatives. It doesn’t really matter.
the respective chairpersons of appropriation committees. That is the
legislative committee that vets the budget.
water for your poor constituents. It is called constituency project.
that project into the budget for you and lobby the target Minister or DG. Of
course the respective committee chairman in the National Assembly must know.
loyalist to register a company that can execute your chosen project.
edit the budget and include your project under the agency or ministry that you
lobbied. Because budget figures are usually large, this may seem like adding a
cup of water to River Niger. If appropriation chairman refuses to play, lobby
the Speaker or the Senate President.
(This step is not very critical. You can decide not to show up and it will be
bundled with the entire budget and passed. Almost all of your colleagues are in
approach the head of the agency to award the contract for your project to the
company in #5. Most heads may require their share upfront. You can’t trust
anyone in this business!
is withdrawn and handed to you. You can share with anyone that helped the
process, but you’ll sure retain the bulk of it.
fraction of the money and call national TVs to come cover the “commissioning of
your constituency projects”.