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2016 Budget; Lai Mohammed, Ima Niboro, Deny Estimation Figures

After the lost and found 2016 budget lots of dramas have been unfolded by and from different public office holders especially those with the ministerial appointment. Just yesterday the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed along with the Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Ima Niboro, openly disowned their 2016 budget estimates.
Both individual made a firm denial of the hug figures before their offices estimation at the budget defence session before the Senate Committe on Information.
“No, that is not possible. That was definitely not what was proposed, this cannot be,” the minister protested even as an official of the ministry noted that only N5 million was proposed for the item in the original budget of the NFVCB.
Mohammed, speaking at a session, said the N398 million meant for the purchase of computers for his ministry was strange to him.
But the chairman of the Committee, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe said, “The difference between N5million and N168m is huge.”
In the same vein, Niboro also expressed shock at the N230million for the purchase of the same item as captured under “Capital Votes” in the 2016 budget of NAN
Reacting to questions on the N230 million and N168 million voted for the purchase of computers for the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) and the Film and Video Censors Board, the minister said he was not aware.
A member of the committee, Senator Ben Murray Bruce had also expressed misgivings about the fact that little or no attention was paid to the core functions of the ministry and parastatals under it at a crucial time when Nigeria was at war in the North East.
“I want to ask passionately that they (Ministry/ parastatals) re-submit their budget, taking care of the North East because people are dying. This is not the question of spending more recklessly, I appeal that the budget be resubmitted, taking care of their needs in the North East; it is very important”, Bruce said.

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