2024 budget: FG has over N512bn from frivolous line items-Report

A report by the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) has revealed that a total of N512,365,165,877  from frivolous items passed in the 2024 appropriation budget.

The amount is spread across more than 24 Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and can be saved from proper oversight by the Legislatures.

In November 2023, President Bola Tinubu presented N27.5 trillion to the Joint National Assembly as the proposed budget for the 2024 fiscal year. However, upon scrutiny by the Assembly, the budget was increased to N28.7 trillion and signed by the president on January 1, 2024.


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However, CSJ noted that there are so many projects that are vaguely described and without location. Recently, the Senate suspended a Sentor, Abdul Ningi, a senator, for three months over the allegation he brought that the National Assembly padded the 2024 budget.






     

     

    Findings by CSJ from the budget showed that the State House and Presidency vote is suffused with bloated routine maintenance, renovation and repair work, and purchase of SUVs and vehicles in the billions of naira.

    MDA Amount (N)
    STATE HOUSE 22,313,017,579
    OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF STAFF TO THE PRESIDENT 15,000,000,000
    FEDERAL MINISTRY OF BUDGET AND ECONOMIC PLANNING – HQTRS 3,339,843,000
    PRESIDENTIAL AIR FLEETS (STATE HOUSE) 10,250,000,000
    SERVICE WIDE VOTE 358,510,543,962
    FEDERAL MINISTRY OF HUMANITARIAN AFFAIRS AND POVERTY ALLEVIATION 10,000,000,000
    NATIONAL SOCIAL INVESTMENT OFFICE 983,122,210
    FEDERAL MINISTRY OF SPECIAL DUTIES & INTER – GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS HQTRS 763,863,500
    FEDERAL MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE AND FOOD SECURITY 44,853,489,924
    FEDERAL MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL ECONOMY HQTRS 814,316,746
    NATIONAL AGENCY FOR THE CONTROL OF AIDS (NACA) 429,112,843
    FEDERAL MINISTRY OF SOLID MINERALS DEVELOPMENT – HQTRS 7,929,000,000
    FEDERAL MINISTRY OF WATER RESOURCES – HQTRS 16,008,911,498
    FEDERAL MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT – HQTRS 2,175,000,000
    FEDERAL MINISTRY OF AVIATION AND AEROSPACE DEVELOPMENT – HQTRS 2,500,000,000
    FEDERAL MINISTRY OF POWER -HQTRS 1,555,000,025
    NATIONAL RURAL ELECTRIFICATION AGENCY 6,970,000,000
    FEDERAL MINISTRY OF NIGER DELTA HQTRS 3,471,459,974
    FEDERAL MINISTRY OF SPORTS DEVELOPMENT – HQTRS 300,000,000
    FEDERAL MINISTRY OF WOMEN AFFAIRS – HQTRS 209,975,430
    FEDERAL MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT HEADQUARTERS 112,968,269
    SMEDAN – H/QTRS 3,740,000,000
    FEDERAL MINISTRY OF FINANCE – HQTRS 220,000,000
    FEDERAL MINISTRY OF WORKS 729,857,663

     

    Also, the vote of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security is suffused with projects that have no locations, class of beneficiaries and sometimes no clear deliverables. This is the case in over 90 per cent of the projects. 

    The ICIR findings from the report showed that over N358 billion can be saved from the Service Wild Votes; N10 billion from the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, and N2.5 billion from the Federal Ministry of Aviation and Aerospace Development among others.

    The ICIR reported that Tinubu approved the implementation of the Stephen Oronsaye report, which recommended scrapping and merging Federal Government agencies. Going by the approval, if implemented, the Federal Government’s 263 statutory agencies as of 2012 could be reduced to 161, making 102 heads of those agencies lose their jobs. 

    Kehinde Ogunyale tells stories by using data to hold power into account. You can send him a mail at [email protected] or Twitter: Prof_KennyJames

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