FG admits errors in 2016 budget, perpetrators face punishment

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Ayorinde Oluokun/Abuja
Kemi Adeosun, Minister of Finance
Nigeria’s Ministry of Budget and National Planning on Tuesday said the errors in the 2016 Budget were due to lack of technical knowledge of the bureaucracy on the Zero-Based Budgeting System adopted for the first time in the country to put the appropriation plan together.
Charles Dafe, Director of Information, Ministry of National Planning said in a statement that civil servants saddled with the task of preparing the budget for their various ministries, departments and agencies were still grappling with some of the technicalities of the new Zero-Based Budgeting approach which was still new to them.
Dafe recalled that before now, government used the envelope system of budgeting.
This, he said is in contrast to the Zero-Based Budgeting approach, a system of budgeting that reverses the working process of traditional budgeting by ensuring that all expenses must be justified in the new period.
The approach, he said, is different from the envelope system which has been in use by the Federal Government since 2003 and works by providing each MDA with a maximum amount for its capital and recurrent needs for the fiscal year.
Dafe promised that government will continue to improve the competency of the bureaucrats.
“The proposals have received general commendation. However, the details were developed using the Zero-Based Budget and is a new concept to our Budget Officers different from our traditional envelope process.
“The members of staff in the Ministry of Budget and National Planning as well as those handling budget issues in all ministries and extra-ministerial agencies are grappling to master the technicalities in the ZBB template.
“As such therefore, some errors are not unexpected in the changeover to the new ZBB approach. This was the reason the ministry arranged for the proposals to be placed on the website of the Ministry of Budget and National …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper