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2016 Budget Not Padded, Says Minister

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Buhari-BudgetThe Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said on Saturday said that the 2016 budget was not padded because the total figure voted for all ministries still remains the N6.08 trillion President Muhammadu Buhari submitted to the National Assembly.
Briefing newsmen in Lagos, he said: “The total for every ministry has remained exactly the same as what was submitted to the National Assembly.
“A lot has been said about the budget. Let make clear that nobody can ever accuse this government of padding any budget.
“The total of all ministries put together has not exceeded N6.08 trillion that was submitted. It is factually incorrect to say that the budget was padded.
“This is the first time in the history of this country that a government will embark what is called zero based budget.
“Before now, the budget system was what was called an enveloped system. In an envelope system, there is no justification as to why we need N30 billion for a structure.
“This year, we decide that every ministry must have a zero based budget. In other word, you must justify and explain why you need N100 billion.
“This is very good system, the soft are for it was also very different. The personnel were not used to it.
“Now, in the process we got to National Assembly. What the ministers do is to have a broad overview of the budget. The template used by the Budget Office is uniform for all ministers”.
The minister also said exports, balance of trade, Gross Domestic Product were responsible for currency appreciation and depreciation.
Information Nigeria notes that Mr. Mohammed’s claim of zero based system for the 2016 budget contradicts the Auditor-General for the Federation, Mr. Samuel Ukura, who said the document was prepared using the traditional envelope budgeting system.
Mr. Ukura, who spoke when he appeared before the Senate Committee on Public Accounts for budget Defence on Thursday, explained that the earlier intention by the Buhari administration was to adopt zero based budgeting as a template, but realities on ground, later forced it to adopt the usual envelope based budgeting.
“Budgets of all Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Government this year are all envelope based and not zero based as it has been the case over the years, including that of my Office, which is even largely done for us by the supervising ministry”, he said.

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  1. Manngoime

    February 21, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    Ignorance or lies time will tell. Somebody please tell Liar Mohammed to come out of propaganda stupor and face the reality of governance.

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#EndSARS: Protesters Rain Curses On Me: Femi Adesina

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#EndSARS: Protesters Rain Curses On Me – Buhari’s Aide, Adesina

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Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina has revealed that he has been receiving curses from Nigerians through phone calls and text messages over a false report that he advised his principal to shun protesters.

Adesina stated in an article he wrote titled: “An Enemy of the People’ published on Thursday evening.

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Adesina denied that he advised President Buhari for whatever reasons on the End SARS protesters, but said an online platform falsely accused him that he told Buhari to “ignore the protests and not give in to the demands of ‘Twitter warriors’.

He explained that his telephone numbers were posted on social media, thereby, making people reach out to him with curses.

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Sanwo-Olu Sends Condolence Message To Seyi Makinde Over Mother’s Death

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Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has sent a condolence message to Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde over the passing away of his mother.

Recall that InformationNigeria earlier reported that Governor Makinde of Oyo State on Thursday lost his mother, Chief Abigail Makinde.

The governor’s mother passed on at age 81.

Also Read: Governor Seyi Makinde Loses 81-Yr-Old Mother

Reacting to the news, Sanwo-Olu prayed for the dead and consoled the bereaved via his official Twitter handle on Thursday. He wrote:

“I commiserate with Governor @seyiamakinde on the passing to eternal glory of his dear mother, Mrs Abigail Makinde.

While I extend my condolences to the Makinde family, I pray that God grants them the grace and courage to bear the loss. May mama’s soul rest eternally.”

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INEC Announces Date for 2023 Presidential Election

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INEC Announces Date for 2023 Presidential Election

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has disclosed that the 2023 presidential election will hold on February 18, 2023.

The Chairman of the Commission (INEC), Prof Mahmood Yakubu, made this known on Thursday while delivering his goodwill message at the inauguration of the special adhoc committee on the review of the 1999 constitution.

Yakubu told members of the House of Representatives there were about 855 days left before the next general election.

Also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, urged the committee to pick things they can get over with and avoid the ones that will stall the process and destabilize the system.

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