There Won’t Be Duplication Of Projects In 2024 Budget — Reps Member
The deputy spokesman for the House of Representatives, Philip Agbese, says the 2024 budget will notprojects.
Speaking on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme on Thursday, he said the 2023 budget estimates will be better scrutinised than the usual routine of the past National Assembly.
“We are looking at how things can be done differentlythe past.
“We areto to address these issues, and while we promise meticulous scrutiny of the budget document, one is to ensure that there will be no duplication of projects as far as the 2024 budget is concerned,” Agbese said.
In 2022, the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) revealed that Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) inflated the 2021 budget by N300bn throughThe ICPC also reported that MDAs similarly padded the 2022 budget with duplicate projects, totaling N100 billion.
On November 29, 2023, President Bola Tinubu presented his maiden budget estimate of N27.5trnto the National Assembly.
However, Agbese said the 2024 budget will no longer follow business-as-usual practices, as every allocated fund will benefit the Nigerian people.
“We have had cases in the pastand money will be budgeted for these things. We are telling Nigerians that with the 10th National Assembly, it business as usual.
He said the House is“to make sure that we don’t just do things differently but the things that will be done differently will have a positive impact on the welfare of the people.” Every single kobo will be used in the interest of the Nigerian people.”
Agbese said no funds would be wasted and that the House’s oversight of the 2024 budget appropriation would be rigorous.