The Nigerian budget has over the years been a brand susceptible to controversy and the 2014 appropriation bill is no exception. Following its presentation to the House late last year by the Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo- Iweala, the All Progressives Congress, APC- controlled House of Representatives has said the N4.6 trillion proposal is filled with errors.
Notable APC figure, Femi Gbajagbiamila, who spoke on the readiness of the House to fight the anomaly in the Nigerian economy said, “The budget looks hurriedly prepared, sloppy and unprofessionally done. There are manifest errors that one is unsure if they are due to carelessness or intentional which would make it a fraudulent document. We will look at the proposals and go through them with a fine tooth comb and heighten scrutiny with only one objective…to give Nigeria and Nigerians a workable budget, credible and implementable.”
He further stated that the House is waiting for the Finance Minister’s response to the 50 questions given to her during their meeting on December 20, 2013. “We will wait for the Finance Minister to give satisfactory answers to the questions posed by the Committee that oversights her and her ministry. Her answers or non-answers will determine the next step. But the House is determined to unearth the rot in our economic system,” he said.