FRIVOLOUS, INAPPROPRIATE, UNCLEAR AND WASTEFUL ESTIMATES IN THE 20l8 FEDERAL APPROPRIATION BILL

INTRODUCTION

Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) and its partners in the Citizens Wealth Platform (CWP) have on a yearly basis identified frivolous, inappropriate, unclear and wasteful expenditures in Federal Appropriation Bills. The documentation is sent to every member of the National Assembly to assist the passage of the annual budget.

The term frivolous implies not having any serious purpose or value as some of the expenditure proposals cannot be supported by any high level national plan or policy. They ignore the pressing problems and challenges while providing for the fancy, whims and caprices of the budget crafters. Inappropriate provisions focus on their not being suitable or proper in the circumstances. These provisions cannot meet policy goals declared by the government. Unclear provisions are deliberately crafted by Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to deceive the uninitiated. They are made to confuse and most times, do not have any fixed meaning and they are without clear activities, services, goods, construction and deliverables that any reasonable person can understand. Wasteful expenditure on the other hand contributes nothing to the general welfare but rather incurs loss to the Treasury.

 

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