The Federal Government, yesterday, cried out over the alarm raised by the National Assembly that the 2019 budget contained several discrepancies, which they considered anomalous. In particular, the Senate questioned the deviations in the figures submitted by President Muhammadu Buhari and that of the National Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, in respect of the conduct of the 2019 polls, saying those figures did not add up.
President Muhammadu Buhari Chairman of the Senate Committee on INEC, Senator Nazif Suleiman, who raised the issue, said the discrepancies were ‘germane’ and could not be ignored by the lawmakers. However, yesterday, Director General of Budget Office of the Federation, Mr. Ben Akabueze, made it clear that the budget had no errors or discrepancies as claimed by the lawmakers.
Akabueze maintained in a statement, yesterday, that while efforts were made to produce error-free budget consistent with previous years, nobody had brought to its attention any discrepancy in the document submitted to the legislature by the President.
Akabueze pointed out that based on the allegation of discrepancies in the budget, the Budget Office officials met with the House Committee on Appropriation and examined the entire document and came up with the conclusion that nothing was amiss.