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Various criticisms that have greeted the proposed 2016 budget have been a serious embarrassment to President Mohammadu Buhari and as he has vowed to deal with top civil servants responsible for smuggling frivolous allocations into the budget, a senior administration official within the presidency told Premium Times.

According to the official, those involved in the fraudulent padding of the costs of budgeted items, or wholesale injection of questionable line items into the proposed budget, face imminent sack.

The source, who asked not to be named because he was not authorised 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.

Besides its huge deficit, the 2016 budget proposal has been widely criticised for its failure to depart from a well-known tradition of wasteful allocation of funds that characterised past budgets.

Several news reports have shown the proposed budget to be replete with over-priced allocations, repetitions of line items and spendings surprisingly skewed to the advantage of top government officials.






Source: Premium Times
 

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