2017 Budget: FG to spend N2.3bn as frivolous expenses

  • MDAs demand more after huge budget expenses
  • At least N2.3bn for unknown 2017 expenses
  • Senate scrutinizing proposal

The Federal Republic of Nigeria has slated a massive sum of N2,278,074,420 on unknown miscellaneous maintenance services, this fiscal year as seen in the N7.298 trillion 2017 Appropriation Bill which is under consideration before the National Assembly.

President Muhammadu Buhari presenting Budget before the National Assembly.

This disturbing sum is a compilation of allocations termed “Other Maintenance Services” (OMS) to be expended by different ministries, departments and the Federal Government agencies.

Disturbingly, this came after the MDAs that requested for OMS had already allocated huge amounts to office maintenance, office buildings and furniture, residential apartments, plant/generators including motor vehicle/transport equipment amongst others.

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The Ministries Departments and Agencies in Nigeria that allocated huge sum to other maintenance services are the Nigerian Prison Services, 394.6 million; Police Formations and Commands, 306 million; the Nigerian Army, N252.8 million; Presidential Airfleet in the State House, N120.3 million; the Nigerian Navy, N120 million; University of Ibadan, N57 million; and Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, N54.1 million.

The Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, indicated interest to spend a whooping sum of N150 million hinged on the Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB, which has been under consideration by the National Assembly over a decade long.

The MDAs that have proposed massive sums for other maintenance services are (1) the Nigerian Prison Service, N394,560,588; (2) the Police Formations & Commands, N306,000,000; (3) the Nigeria Army, N252,794,721; (4) the Nigerian Navy, 120,000,000; (5) the State House hdqtrs (SHH), N107,086,848; (6) the Head of Civil Service, N70,827,576; (7) University of Ibadan, N57,000,044; and (7) Power, Works & Housing, N54,126,407.

More MDAs such as (1) Ministry of Education, N38,840,140; (2) Ministry of Info & Culture, N35,476,295; (3) Ministry of Health, N3,373,892; (4) Institute For Culture Orientation, N31,626,431; (5) the National Universities Commission, NUC, N23,912,302; (6) Ministry of Labour & Production, N21,550,848; (7) the Nigerian Airforce, N20,557,860; (8) the Department of Petroleum Resources, N20,460,000; (9) the Institute of Oceanography, N20,400,000; (10) Defence Headquarters, N20,398,784; and (10) the Federal Polytechnic, Mubi, requested N19,078,676.

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More so, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Headquarters applied for N18,135,688; the Department of State Service, DSS, N18,000,000; Nigerian Service and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, N17,112,000; Budget and National Planning, N16,850,650; Surveyor General of the Federation, N13,439,431; National Identity Management Commission, N14,433,780; National Security Adviser, NSA, N12,498,000; National Defence College, N12,319,896; National Gallery of Art, N12,000,000; and Accountant General of Federation, N11,990,000.

In continuation, more Ministries like the Ministry of Mines & Steel Development applied for N11,286,383; Ministry of Justice, N10,893,676; Defence Intelligence School, N10,660,500; Ministry of Interior, N9,900,000; Ministry of Water Resources, N9,467,856; Defence Intelligence Agency, N9,100,000; Code of Conduct Tribunal, N8,880,000; National Population Commission, N7,470,288; and Ministry of Niger-Delta, N7,000,000.

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Furthermore, the National Library of Nigeria, asked for N6,412,500; the Federal College of Land Resources, Owerri, N5,400,000; Ministry of Transport, N5,000,000; Budget Office of the Federation, N4,747,759; Voice of Nigeria, VON, N4,739,328; the Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority, N3,960,000; the Armed Forces Staff & Command College, N3,737,169,169; and the Federal Co-operative College, Ibadan, requested for N3,399,797.

Lastly, the Film & Video Censor Board demanded N3,295,152; Bureau of Public Procurement, N3,191,005; the Ministry of Science & Technology, N3,125,000; Neuro Psychiatrist Hospital, Sokoto, N3,043,475; and the Ministry of Defence demanded N3,038,004.

 

 

 

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