We Have No N4.5b Padded into Our 2022 Budget-NDLEA

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has disclosed that any and every speculation suggesting that it has N4.5bn padded into its 2022 budget.

In a statement signed and released by Director, Media & Advocacy, NDLEA Headquarters, Abuja, Femi Babafemi, in Abuja on Wednesday, the Agency directed those pushing the narrative to look elsewhere.

While responding to calls and messages seeking clarification over the alleged insertion of the said amount, allegedly for the construction of police barracks, into its proposed budget currently being considered by the Senate, the Agency explained that any reference to barracks in its budget document refers strictly to the construction of same for the agency’s personnel over a four-year period as magnanimously approved by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The seeming confusion, the Agency pointed out, is that “police” was wrongly inputted into one of the documents from the budget office as “NDLEA” barracks, due to a typographic error.

“It is public knowledge that President Muhamadu 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 error, according to the agency, has since been corrected before the budget was cleared by the senate committee on Tuesday.

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