The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, on Sunday dismissed reports that the National Assembly removed certain key infrastructural projects proposed by President Muhammadu Buhari from the 2016 budget.
On Saturday, reports quoting anonymous presidency sources, said President Muhammadu Buhari proposed a N60 billion Lagos-Calabar rail project in the budget but was removed from the budget by the National Assembly.
While the reports claimed the vote for the Idu-Kaduna rail was slashed, they also added that Lagos-Kano rail project was left untouched.
Speaking on the controversy, Sunday, Mr. Dogara confirmed that Mr. Buhari did not propose any Lagos-Calabar rail project in the budget submitted to the National Assembly.
He said this via his Twitter account @speakerdogara.
Asked by a Twitter user to provide explanation regarding why the National Assembly removed the rail project, Mr. Dogara replied, “Barefaced lies. Where is the evidence of provision of N60b for Coastal Rail line in the budget estimate?”
Read the tweets below: