During the budget defence session on Monday, The Minster of Health, Isaac Adewole, said the proposal drawn up by the ministry and submitted to the budget office had been doctored and that “foreign” appropriations, different from what was submitted, had been sneaked in.“We have to look into the details of the budget and re-submit it to the committee,” he said. “This was not what we submitted. We’ll submit another one. We don’t want anything foreign to creep into that budget. What we submitted is not there.”
Stating further, Mr. Adewole lamented that the proposed appropriations in the budget before the National Assembly ran parallel with the priorities of the health sector as contained in the “original budget.”
While some important agencies in the health sector had been excluded, votes proposed by the ministry had been redistributed, he said.
“In the revised budget as re-submitted, N15.7 billion for capital allocation has been moved to other areas. Some allocations made are not in keeping with our priorities.
“There is nothing allocated to public health and family health.”
While discarding the budget, he therefore asked the committee not to work with the budget before it but wait for another one to be re-submitted.
He also expressed surprise that appropriations were made for some subheads that were generating controversies, whereas no conclusion had been reached on the amount required.
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