Why FG budget can’t work – Nduese Essien, ex-minister

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BY SONI DANIEL, Regional Editor, North

Former Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Nduese Essien, has accused Federal Government’s ministries, departments and agencies, MDAs, of incessant duplication of items in national budgets, thereby making them unworkable.

Mr. Essien, who was reviewing the performance of President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, insisted that the MDA’s should be blamed for poor budget implementation in Nigeria.

Mr. Essien, a former member of the House of Representatives who was appointed minister by President Jonathan from April 2010 – May  2011, said there was need for overhaul of the national budgetary process.

According to Essien, who had served in both the national legislature and at the Federal Executive Council, FEC, there was a lot of loopholes in the national fiscal processes.

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