Nigerian govt admits budget imperfections, welcomes criticism

2016-02-08 12:09
Newly elected Nigerian president Muhammadi Buhari (AP)

Newly elected Nigerian president Muhammadi Buhari (AP)

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Abuja - The Nigerian presidency has admitted to imperfections in its 2016 national budget proposal, saying that "well-meaning criticism" was welcomed from the public, local newspaper Premium Times has reported.

According to a statement released by Garba Shehu, senior special sssistant to the president on media and publicity, criticism had been deemed the only way that President Muhammadu Buhari's administration would achieve the change promised to Nigerians during the ruling party's election campaign.

In reaction to mounting criticism surrounding controversial allocations within the country's 2016 Appropriation Bill, Garba revealed that copies of the document would be available on the website of Nigeria's national budget office for perusal by the public.

In addition, Shehu admitted that the document may contain imperfections and that the Federal Government would be open to corrections from Nigerian citizens at large.

The statement comes in response to widespread condemnation, following the revelation that the presidency planned to spend more funds on the State House Medical Centre than all other public health facilities across the country.

According to a previous News24 report, the budget allocation for the State House Medical Centre, used by president Buhari and his governors, was said to be more than that of all 16 of the country's public health facilities combined.

Nigerian newspaper The Nation reported that government had since vowed to impose sanctions on what was described as the "budget mafia", referring to top civil servants who have been blamed for smuggling frivolous allocations into the budget.

Read more on:    muhammadu buhari  |  garba shehu  |  nigeria  |  west africa

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