N378.9 billion worth duplicate projects discovered in Nigeria 2022 budget

The BudgIT, a data-driven Nigerian civic organization has revealed that 460 duplicated projects amounting to N378.9 billion were inserted in the 2022 budget.

Part of the concerned projects, according to BudgIT, is the occurrence of inflated projects amounting to billions of naira directly linked to the State House and the Presidency.

The concern includes a N20.8 billion request by the Presidency to construct a 14-bed presidential wing at the existing State House Medical Center, N28.7 million requested for the purchase of 2 units of 10KG washing machine and 6 units of LG Televisions in the State House Lagos Liaison Office, among others.

Likewise, four recreational parks under the Ministry of Environment, have a total allocation of N67.8 million to construct “Gun Armouries” in Cross Rivers, Kaduna, Borno & Yobe States, even though the Ministry of Environment is not a security agency.

“This raises the question – Why is the ministry of environment stashing guns in recreational parks in these states in an election campaign year and at a time when the country is facing unrest in nearly all of the 36 states?” It queried.

Recall that President Muahmmadu Buhari, on Friday, December 31, 2021, signed into law the 2022 Appropriation Bill.

BudgIT, in a statement on Monday morning, signed by its Communications Associate, Iyanu Fatoba, 316 duplicated projects inserted into the 2021 FG Budget approved by NASS were discovered by the NGO while Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) validated 257.

Speaking further on the 2022 approved budget, the organization decried some projects approved for MDAs who do not have the capacity to execute them.

The civic-tech organization named the National Agency For Great Green Wall, set up to prevent land degradation and desertification afflicting 11 states in northern Nigeria, and to boost food security in the country has N1.3 billion or 64% of its capital budget dedicated to purchasing Motorcycles, Street lights and other projects outside its mandate.

As Nigeria is currently battling double-digit inflation, one of the worst 20 out of 196 countries in the world, the BudgIT raised concern that the River Basin Development Authorities (RBDA), under the Ministry of Water Resources set up to deal with food prices, has instead metamorphosed into an agency that constructs roads and supplies street lights with a total of N6.3 billion budget to supplying street lights, and N14.8 billion for construction of 219 roads across 36 states.

BudgIT’s Country Director, Gabriel Okeowo, noted that the loopholes for fraud in the 2022 FG budget is a crime against Nigerians and injustice to hardworking taxpayers.

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The BudgIT, a data-driven Nigerian civic organisation has revealed that 460 duplicated projects amounting to N378.9 billion were inserted in the 2022 budget.

Part of the concerned projects, according to BudgIT is the occurrence of inflated projects amounting to billions of naira directly linked to the State House and the Presidency.

The concern includes a N20.8 billion request by the Presidency to construct a 14-bed presidential wing at the existing State House Medical Center, N28.7 million requested for the purchase of 2 units of 10KG washing machine and 6 units of LG Televisions in the State House Lagos Liaison Office, among others.

Likewise, four recreational parks under the Ministry of Environment, have a total allocation of N67.8 million to construct “Gun Armouries” in Cross Rivers, Kaduna, Borno & Yobe States, even though the Ministry of Environment is not a security agency.

“This raises the question – Why is the ministry of environment stashing guns in recreational parks in these states in an election campaign year and at a time when the country is facing unrest in nearly all of the 36 states?

Recall that President Muhammad Buhari on Friday, December 31, 2021, signed into law the 2022 Appropriation Bill.

BudgIT, in a statement on Monday morning, signed by its Communications Associate, Iyanu Fatoba, 316 duplicated projects inserted into the 2021 FG Budget approved by NASS were discovered by the NGO while Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) validated 257.

Speaking further on the 2022 approved budgets, the organisation decried some projects approved for MDAs who do not have the capacity to execute them.

The civic-tech organization named the National Agency For Great Green Wall, set up to prevent land degradation and desertification afflicting 11 states in northern Nigeria, and to boost food security in the country has N1.3 billion or 64% of its capital budget dedicated to purchasing Motorcycles, Street lights and other projects outside its mandate.

As Nigeria is currently battling double-digit inflation, one of the worst 20 out of 196 countries in the world, the BudgIT raised concern that the River Basin Development Authorities (RBDA), under the Ministry of Water Resources set up to deal with food prices, has instead metamorphosed into an agency that constructs roads and supplies street lights with a total of N6.3 billion budget to supplying street lights, and N14.8 billion for construction of 219 roads across 36 states.

BudgIT’s Country Director, Gabriel Okeowo, noted that the loopholes for fraud in the 2022 FG budget is a crime against Nigerians and injustice to hardworking taxpayers.

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