May 22, 2024
BUDGET: 316 projects worth N39.5bn duplicated in 2021- BudgIT
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BUDGET: 316 projects worth N39.5bn duplicated in 2021- BudgIT

THE 2021 Federal Government Budget has over 316 duplicated capital projects worth N39.5 billion, according to BudgIT.

In its latest report obtained by The Daily, www.thedaily-ng.com, the report, stated: “Our investigations into the 2021 budget revealed at least 316 duplicated capital projects worth N39.5 billion, with 115 of those duplicate projects occurring in the Ministry of Health. This is very disturbing especially considering the health infrastructure deficit and the raging COVID-19 pandemic affecting Nigeria.

“BudgIT also found zero audit records of the N10.02 trillion received by the security sector between 2015 and 2021. Even worse, agencies now receive allocations for capital projects they cannot execute. For example, the National Agriculture Seed Council has an allocation for N400million to construct solar street lights across all six geopolitical zones, while the Federal College of Forestry in Ibadan in Oyo State got N50million for the construction of street lights in Edo State. These are aberrations that need to be corrected.”

It also added: “In the 2021 budget, a total of 117 federal agencies received allocations for “Security Votes” worth N24.3 billion, despite many of these agencies already having allocations for “Security Charges” to cover each agency’s security needs.”

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