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2022 Budget: Billions Of Naira Spent Yearly On State House, A Big Waste- CSO

2022 Budget: Billions Of Naira Spent Yearly On State House, A Big Waste- CSO

Centre For Social Justice (CENSOJ), has called on the Nigerian Government to reduce the budget proposal for the presidency in 2022. Information Guide Nigeria

According to the Cable, Federal Government had earmarked N150 billion for the presidency in the 2022 budget, including N135 million for meals and N2 billion for international trips.

The executive director of CENSOJ, Eze Onyekpere spoke at a media conversation while presenting the organisation’s 2022 budget assessment.

Onyekpere said the Nigerian economy is downward and government parastatals need to make a sacrifice by avoiding unnecessary spending.

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According to THE CABLE, in Onyekpere’s words: “Nigeria is going through an economic and fiscal crisis where its retained revenue simply pays for debt service and the bulk of the resources required for personnel, overhead and capital expenditure is borrowed,” he said.

“The revenues are simply inadequate to fund fundamental expenditure, therefore, every available fund should be spent with the greatest value for money, tied to a high-level national policy framework and aimed at improving livelihoods, growing the economy, reducing poverty and inequality”. jamb results

“It is against this background that the pullout of frivolous, inappropriate, unclear, and wasteful expenditure calls the attention of the executive, legislature, private sector, civil society including the media to these frivolities at a time of grave national crisis.

“According to the 2022 budget call circular, resources are to be allocated based on actual needs, in line with the immediate needs of the country as well as government’s developmental objectives and priorities. Starting from the presidency’s statehouse headquarters, the pullout calls on the leadership to lead by example.

“Spending billions of Naira every year on routine maintenance of statehouse facilities is a huge waste. All statutory transfers are stated as lump-sum provisions without details. No person, government agency, or organisation has the right in a constitutional democracy to spend public funds in a way and manner that is unknown to the ultimate sovereigns, being the taxpayers and citizens.

“There is no law authorising this kind of budgeting. It is unconstitutional, illegal, unethical, inappropriate. The details should be provided to Nigerians.”

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