2017 Budget: Appropriation of N8.3bn on refreshment, meals is frivolous, says CSJ

The Center for Social Justice, CSJ has queried the allocation of N8.3bn for refreshment, meal and welfare in the 2017 budget describing the appropriation as frivolous.

The group made this assertion on Wednesday at a press conference in Abuja.

According to the facilitator of Citizens Wealth Platform, Eze Onyekpere, “this is the time that the budget must collaborate with other economic polices instruments like the Economic Monetary Policy to be able to take measures to get Nigeria out of a recession.

He decried the mediocrity demonstrated by the Buhari administration as the status quo of budgeting has not changed.

“The annual ritual of budgeting for frivolities which we have seen in the past is not what we are expecting at this time around.

“Unfortunately, we are still threading on the same path despite the mantra of “change”.

President Buhari had in December 2016 presented N7tr budget to the National Assembly for review. The Senate is yet to forward back the budget to the president.

The group pulled together some items in the budget which they consider wastage. Some of these items include: refreshments and meals which is engulfing N2.9bn. Welfare packages are swallowing N5.4bn.

They also highlighted acquisition of computer, software among others in the list of frivolous appropriation.

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