A whopping sum of 30 billion Naira has been discovered to be smuggled into this year's budget of 8.612 trillion Naira.
Making this revelation known, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Power, Steel Development and Metallurgy, Den. Enyinnaya Abaribe allegedly that N30 billion was smuggled into the Power  Budget without his committee's knowledge.
He said that the N30 billion was listed for expansion and reenforcement of infrastructure in the distribution companies to reduce stranded firms, adding that, "the amount never passed through the Senate Power Committee. Where did such huge sum of N30 billion came from," he wondered.
Sent. Abaribe who is also the Chairman of South East Senate Caucus and his  colleagues expressed shock over alleged cut in the allocation of N500 million for the Enugu  Airport Terminal.
The Caucus lawmakers claimed that they learnt that an allocation of N2 billion sustained by the two aviation committees of the Senate and House of Representatives were said to have been slashed to N500 million.
To this effect, the South East Senate Caucus has summoned an emergency meeting of the zone lawmakers to unravel when the cut was made and by who.
"No right thinking Igbo man would support any cut on allocation in the South East region. We are committed and determined to find out who made the cut," Sent. Abaribe said noting that the budget documents were verifiable.
He disclosed that the Caucus actually lobbied for the Enugu Airport Terminal allocation to be increased to N3.5 million until the Ministry of Aviation told members of the Caucus that what had was an envelope which could not be increased beyond N2 billion allocation.
The South East Senate Caucus lawmakers are Enyinna Abaribe, Chairman; Prof. Like Ekweremadu, Deputy Senate President, Theodore Orji, Victor Umeh, Mao Ohuabunwa, Andy Uba, Stella Oduah, Sam Egwu, Gilbert Nnaji, Utazi Chukwuka, Sam Anyanwu, Goodhope Uzodimma, Achonu Nneji, Sunday Oji and Ogba Joseph.