Presidency Blames “Budget Mafia” For Controversial Allocations


Nigeria will not rest until its budget for 2016 has been properly amended and allocations well distributed. The Buhari administration has been quite embarrassed by numerous criticisms about the proposed 2016 budget, and has vowed to deal with top civil servants responsible for smuggling frivolous allocations into the budget, says a senior administration official within the presidency.

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According to the official, those involved in addition questionable items into the proposed budget, will be sacked once they are fished out. The senior administrator, who prefers to remain anonymous because he was not authorized to speak on the matter, said top civil servants who have constituted themselves into a “budget mafia” were responsible for inserting over-priced line items into the budget, thereby exposing the presidency to ridicule.

On Tuesday, an analysis of the budget revealed that the administration proposed to spend more on capital projects at the State House Medical Centre, than it would spend on all 16 university teaching hospitals in the country. The presidency proposed to spend N3.87 billion on capital projects at the hospital, which is only used by the families of the President and Vice President, their personal staff and few privileged government officials. The amount is N787million more than the cumulative capital allocation to all 16 teaching hospitals.