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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

FG spends N825bn on travels allowances, computer consumables in 3 years


The Efficiency Unit of the Federal Ministry of Finance has disclosed that the sum of N825 billion was spent on travel allowances, computer consumables among other stationeries in three years, by Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), reports ITRealms.

This is coming as the unit plans to introduce detailed price guidelines to ensure value for money in procurement by MDAs in addition to the incidence of cash, the Ministry is working on beta Debit Cards.
Head, Efficiency Unit at the Finance Ministry, Ms Patience Oniha, confirmed this in Lagos in a chat with newsmen, asserting that the cumulative expenditure on five items was N825 billion, representing 61 per cent of the Cumulative Total Overhead Expenditure of N1,353 billion for 2012 to 2014.

The Unit, she said, carried out an extensive and detailed review of the Overhead Expenditure data of the government for the period 2012 to 2014, and found that the overhead spending pattern was concentrated on a limited number of items including travel, maintenance, local and international training, welfare and office stationery cum computer consumables.

According to her, this means that the average amount expended annually on these five items during this period was N275 billion, stressing that the estimate for 2015 shows a continuation of this trend with overhead spending exceeding allocations to capital in all the years reviewed.

Oniha also noted that another finding from the review was the large expenditure on honoraria and sitting allowances, refreshment and meals, books, fuel, publicity and adverts. 

She further said that in relation to procurement, which has been identified as a major source of potential savings for government, the Efficiency Unit has prepared a list of good and services which are regularly procured by MDAs.

+Remmy Nweke (ITRealms) 
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