AS the budget showdown between the Presidency and the National Assembly rages, the House of Representatives Committee on Anti-Corruption has refuted reports that the National Assembly padded the 2016 budget estimates for the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB).
Chairman of the committee, Honourable Babajide Akinloye, said this in a statement issued in Lagos, on Monday, describing the media reports on the allegation as a gross falsehood and total mischief.
The lawmaker representing Eti-Osa Federal Constituency of Lagos State, said his committee only rearranged the order and priority of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB)’s proposals at the request of the organisation.
Akinloye remarked that CCB had, during the budget defense, informed the committee that the working environment for its staff was not conducive at its five different offices scattered around Abuja and that this constituted an impediment to its efficiency.
Akinloye explained that the CCB had after the implementation of the 2015 Budget, returned over N230million, hitherto earmarked for the building of the bureau’s head office in Abuja to the coffers of the Federal Government.