MDAs spend N825b on travel, honoraria, others in three years

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Federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), spent over N825billion in overheads for the three years covering 2012, 2013 and 2014.

The Head, Efficiency Unit, Ms. Patience Oniha, who made this known in Lagos, said the expenditure represented over 61 per cent of the cumulative Total Overhead Expenditure of N1,353 billion for the review period.

Ms. Oniha said the Unit has carried out an extensive and detailed review of the Overhead Expenditure data of the government for the period and found out that the overhead spending pattern was concentrated on a limited number of items, including travel, maintenance, local and international training, welfare, office stationery and computer consumables.

“The Cumulative Expenditure on these five items was N825 billion, representing 61 per cent of the Cumulative Total Overhead Expenditure of N1,353 billion for 2012 to 2014. This means that the average amount expended annually on these five items during this period was N275 billion. The estimate for 2015 showed a continuation of this trend,” she said, adding that the Overhead spending exceeded allocations to capital in all the years reviewed.

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