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The National Assembly has uncovered duplication of projects in some areas of the 2016 budget appropriation bill, which it intends to pass on Tuesday next week.

According to a document obtained from the National Assembly, the budget also containcsome errors that must be removed before it can be good for passage by the lawmakers.
Some of the errors uncovered include Duplication of budget line items; Budget items with quantities not specified; Budget,wrongly classified budget items, items with no location; Large amount of money being appropriated for rehabilitation/repairs of office /residential buildings and purchase ofcoffice furniture and fittings; Budget items repeated over the past four years; Curious budget line items; Non-priority budget items.

The errors and duplication of projects, all amount to about N32 billion, which both committees on Budget and Appropriation of the upper and lower chambers would have to remove before the bill could be passed.

The breakdown shows curious budget line items(N6, 411,661, 956); duplication of projects(N3,567,605, 395); non-priority project items(N5, 422, 647,407); office repairs/ rehabilitation(N21, 623, 323, 649).
proposal Lawmakers have uncovered 25 fresh errors in this year’s budget, it was learnt yesterday. The items involved are allocated about N37, 025, 238, 407.

The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriation, Sen. Danjuma Goje, and the Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriation, Hon. Jibrin Abdulmumin, were making frantic efforts last night to meet Tuesday’s deadline for the passage of the
budget.

Of the amount,  aboutcN21,623,323,649 voted
for office repairs was rated “avoidable” by the Senate and House of Representatives committees on Appropriation.

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