Budget office disagrees with ICPC, says 185 projects duplicated in 2021, not 257 - Punch Newspapers

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Budget office disagrees with ICPC, says 185 projects duplicated in 2021, not 257 - Punch Newspapers

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4 December 2021The Director-General of the Budget Office of the Federation, Mr Ben Akabueze, on Friday disagreed with the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission, saying only 185 projects were found to be duplicated in the 2021 budget, and not 257 as announced by the commission.

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He said it was beyond the responsibility of the Budget Office to discipline those responsible for the duplication because the staff of the MDAs who prepare their budgets were not answerable to his office.He, however, argued that errors were inevitable since the budget was prepared by human beings but that those culpable for the “willful duplication” of projects should be fished out by the ICPC and prosecuted.

The ICPC chairman had at the summit said 257 projects amounting to N20.138bn were duplicated in the 2021 budget.Akabueze, who spoke on Channels Television’s ‘Sunrise daily’ on Friday, stated that some of the projects identified by the ICPC were not duplicated but had description challenge. headtopics.com

He said, “The ICPC came up with a report which they sent to us about duplicated projects in the budget. We did our own review and found that 54 of those projects were actually not duplicated. There were issues with project description, which made them look the same.

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“Every project in the budget has a unique identifier and for the projects found to be duplicated, funding was withheld. 185 (projects) were found to be duplicated, 54 were not.”Akabueze said there were about 20,000 projects in the budget and that if only about 200 projects were duplicated, it amounts to about 0.01 per cent. He added that the total MDAs’ in the budget estimate was under N4trn, and that the duplicated projects valued at about N20bn was about 0.005 per cent.

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