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‘MDAs in 2020 will be denied embarking on new projects’


President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, revealed government’s resolution to sideline considerations of embarking on new projects in 2020.

The President disclosed this while presenting the 2020 Budget before the joint session of the National Assembly, noting that provisions were not made for MDAs to propose new projects in the year 2020, except existing and yet-to-be completed projects had been duly catered for.

According to the President, goverment’s interest would be at ensuring that ongoing projects are completed within the shortest possible time-frame.

“The main emphasis will be the completion of as many ongoing projects as possible, rather than commencing new ones.

“MDAs have not been allowed to admit new projects into their capital budget for 2020, unless adequate provision has been made for the completion of ALL ongoing projects.”

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The president, who had earlier noted in his presentation that defaulting Heads of MDAs will be frowned at, urged these heads to strictly adhere to government regulations, raising concerns over their alleged proliferation of Zonal, State and Liaison Officers.

“Respective Heads of MDAs must ensure strict adherence to government regulations regarding expenditure control measures.

“The proliferation of Zonal, State and Liaison Offices by Federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies (‘MDAs’), with attendant avoidable increase in public expenditure, will no longer be tolerated,” Buhari submitted.

The new development, as communicated by the First Citizen, has been greeted with applauds from many Nigerians, as it has been described as a way of measuring tangible progress as against the tendencies of wasteful spendings on the part of government.

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