Senator representing Kano North and Chairman of the Senate committee on Appropriation, Senator Barau Jibrin, on Friday distanced the leadership of the upper chamber from the closed-door budget sessions some committees are having with ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) over the 2020 Appropriation Bill.
Jibrin, who spoke with newsmen on the issue, stated that at no time was such decision taken by the leadership of the upper chamber.
“Neither the Senate as a body nor the Appropriation committee, coordinating the entire process, gave such a directive to any committee to hold budget defence session in secret with officials from the executive arm of government. I saw the story in the paper today and I’m not happy about it if actually the method was carried out by the affected committees.”
“The budgets being discussed or defended by the affected agencies, are more or less, for Nigerians, the very reason why such assignment should be carried out in the open with attendance of journalists who are to report the details of what transpired at each of the sessions”, he said.
He, however, clarified that closed door sessions may be held by committees over sighting the military, police and other security agencies at certain stages for security reasons.