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Presidency angry over poor budget implementation – Ezeh

…to sanction erring officials

By Oscarline Onwuemenyi

Abuja – THE Presidency is “very angry” over the poor implementation of capital budgets by ministries, departments and agencies of government, according to the Director-General of the Bureau of Public Procurement, Engr. Emeka Ezeh.

Ezeh, who was speaking yesterday during a meeting with civil society organisations in Abuja, stressed that the bureau was not to blame for the inability of most government agencies and departments to meet yearly budgeted targets.

He said, “President Umaru Yar’Adua is very angry over the non-implementation of the 2009 capital budgets by most MDAs, and has mandated the bureau to deal with erring officials since their action amounts to a sabotage of government efforts to bring development to the citizens.”

He added, “Over the past years, each time any ministry or government agency fails to implement its projects, it is quick to lay the blame on the doorsteps of the Due Process, when it is clear that that so many of them lack capacity.

“For instance, if by this time of the year a ministry has not advertised its projects that would be due to a lack of capacity on its part because you know that the procurement process ought to have ended since April or May to allow time for the projects to be done.”

According to him, the presidency has therefore ordered that any government agency or parastatal that fails to advertise for projects already allocated in the 2009 budget by September would be sanctioned.


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