The Budget Office of the Federation on Thursday said it was not true that the 2019 Federal Appropriation Bill is fraught with “irreconcilable errors and mistakes.”
President Muhammadu Buhari presented the bill to the National Assembly for consideration and approval November last year.
The Director-General of the Budget Office, Ben Akabueze, said in a statement sent to Premium Times in Abuja that no discrepancies or errors were found in the document after meeting with the Secretariat of the House Appropriations Committee on the issue.
Two members of the House of Representatives, Adamu Chika (Shiroro/Rafi/Munya in Niger State) and Ahman-Pategi (Edu/Moro/Pategi Federal Constituency of Kwara State), picked holes in the document at the commencement of discussions on the appropriation bill in the lower chamber.
Messrs Chika and Ahman-Pategi said there were errors in the figures presented for the Ministries of Education, Finance, Budget and National Planning and the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF).
In his contribution to the budget debate, Mr Chika drew members’ attention to the discrepancies in the figures presented in the main Budget under sub-heads the summary of the total estimates.