ABUJA—The Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udo Udoma, has asked for 30 days extension from the Human and Environmental Development Agenda, to furnish it with details of the projects allegedly inserted into the 2018 budget by the National Assembly.

Udo Udoma

HEDA, a non-governmental organisation, had in a Freedom of Information request sent to the Ministry of Budget and National Planning demanded the list of projects allegedly inserted into the 2018 budget by the National Assembly.

HEDA’s Freedom of Information  (FOI) request signed by its chairman, Olanrewaju Suraju, said it “is really surprised and shocked to read that this increment and addition from the National Assembly is due to insertion of projects considered to be improperly valued and costed.”

But in his response to the alleged insertion of projects by the lawmakers, the minister acknowledged receipt of the FoI request.

In its written response contained in a statement with reference number MBNP/AB/SEC/2576 and signed by Anne Nzegwu on behalf of the minister, the ministry requested for 30 days to source for the information needed.

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