President Muhammadu
Buhari has ordered the
Budgetredeployment of 22 senior
officials in Nigeria’s budget office
following a months-long fiasco
that has delayed the passing of
the country’s fiscal plan.
The Nigerian president
announced a record budget
in December 2015, laying out
ambitious plans to increase
capital expenditure by 20 percent
to N6.1 trillion ($30.6 billion).
Copies of the budget were
delivered in January to both
houses of the National Assembly
for discussion, but deliberations
were delayed after copies went
missing from the Senate.
When the budget was
eventually assessed, huge
irregularities were discovered,
such as N5 million ($25,000)
allocated for the office of the Vice
President Yemi Osinbajo to spend
on books and N795 million ($4
million) set aside to update the
website of one unnamed ministry.
The reshuffle comes just over
a month after Buhari sacked
Yahaya Gusau, the former
director general of the budget
office, without explanation.
Nigerian authorities said the
redeployment is part of a shakeup
of almost 200 staff in various
government ministries and the
civil service, Nigeria’s Premium
Times reports.
The 22 senior budget staff
included four directors, six
deputy directors and 12 assistant directors, who were told to
report to their new postings on
Friday. Fourteen officials have
reportedly been assigned to
replace the outgoing staff.
Buhari was elected in March
2015 partially on an anticorruption
ticket and has vowed
to reclaim billions of dollars of
public funds lost to corruption
and mismanagement.
His administration has already
seen a number of high-profile
graft-related arrests, such as
that of Sambo Dasuki, Nigeria’s
former national security
advisor, NSA, who is accused
of overseeing the theft of some
$2 billion in government funds
earmarked for fighting Boko
Haram.
Dasuki denies all the charges
against him.
The Nigerian president
pledged in February that anyone
found to be involved in padding
the budget would be punished.
The budget is due to be passed
into law on March 17, according
to the National Assembly.


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  • vic

    PRESIDENT BUHARI, THIS RESHUFFLE MEANS THAT THOSE THIEVES AND BUDGET FRAUDSTERS ARE STILL AROUND IN ONE FORM OR THE OTHER.

    REMEMBER, PRESIDENT BUHARI, ONCE A THIEF ALWAYS A THIEF, YOU SHOULD HAVE SACKED THEM.