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Frivolous security items, others discovered in 2018 budget

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Babatunde Opalana 

A budget monitoring advocacy organization, BudgiT has raised alarm over certain suspicious items listed in the 2018 budget currently being considered by the National Assembly.

 

Issues of security concern top the list with about N3.65 billion allocation questioned.

BudgiT queried the Directorate of State Security Service, for allocating N2.21 billion to Social Media Minning Suite, the allocation of N1.14 billion by the Office of the National Security Adviser to Cleaning and Fumigation Services and N308.42 million allocated under the Police Formation and Command Headquarter sub-heading for Procurement of Riot Control Equipment

 

In the proposition of the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, it was discovered that a sum of N4 billion earmarked for Building Maintenance Works for Other MDAs in Abuja. Also in the same Ministry, an entry of N10 billion was queried for Settlement of Liabilities in MDGs, SDGs and Direct Mandate Projects

In the proposed budget of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, a question was raised on the allocation of N5.5 billion for the project titled: Support for Infrastructure, Projects, and Coordination Services.

BudgiT as well wishes to know why a sum of N22.6 billion will be spent by the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment for the purpose of Research and Development and N19.3 billion for Export Expansion Grant.

A sum of N4.9 billion meant for Annual Routine Maintenance of Mechanical/ Electrical Installation of the Villa was queried in The State House Headquarters budget.

It asked the rationale behind the N338 million budgeted by the Ministry of Finance for Computer Software Acquisition


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