THE Senate says it has uncovered padding of proposed expenditures in the Ministry of Power and duplication of items in the 2018 budget estimates.
Roll on … Chairman Senate Committee on Power, Steel Development and Metallurgy,Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe said it discovered that N120 million, N480 million and N288 million respectively, were budgeted for the purchase of utility vehicles by the ministry. The committee also claimed that it has discovered another budget padding of NEPZA ‘s personnel to the tune of N205 million.
According to the lawmakers, duplication of items has remained a recurring episode, where the Ministry presents the same items repeatedly in the budget and ask for more funds to execute them.
At the 2018 budget defence , the Committee members queried the Minister of State for Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Mustapha Baba Shahuru and the Permanent Secretary, Mr. Frank Edozie for duplicating items in the budget.
The committee sought for better explanation on how the Ministry would spend N100 million to transfer files, despite another huge provision for Information Communication Technology