As more revelations keep unfolding about the 2016 budget, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the minister of Information and Culture has disowned a budgetary allocation of N398 million as being part of the budget estimates by his ministry for purchase of computers.
Speaking during a budget defence session in the Senate yesterday, February 10, Mohammed said the ministry’s budget was tampered with as it was not responsible for the proposal seeking the approval of the said sum, Leadership reports.
Reacting to questions on the N230 million and N168 million voted for the purchase of computers for the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) and the Film and Video Censors Board, the minister said it was strange to him.
Expressing shock over the proposal, the minister said: “No, that is not possible. That was definitely not what was proposed, this cannot be.”
An official of the ministry told the sitting that only N5 million was earmarked for purchase of computers in the NFVCB.