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Buhari vows to deal with budget padding perpetrators

24 February 2016, 14:26

Abuja - President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed to deal with all those involved in the 'padding' of the 2016 National Budget which led to the discrepancies in the document.

He said the alterations which he described as embarrassing and disappointing, made the document being debated in the National Assembly completely different from what was prepared by the Ministry of Budget and National Planning.

According to a statement on Wednesday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President spoke in Riyadh while addressing the Nigerian Community in Saudi Arabia.

Also read: Buhari sacks Budget Director over discrepancies

The President was said to have condemned the distortion of the budget proposals by those he called entrenched interests.

He said since he had been holding public offices, he had never heard about budget padding before this incident.

He regretted that the unauthorised alterations had completely changed the document from the one he presented to the National Assembly.

The President however gave the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udo Udoma, a clean bill of health, saying he worked did a good job.

- News 24


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