The total appropriation for the DPR was slashed to N33.734 billion from N33.761 billion earlier proposed by the executive arm of government, In the 2017 Appropriation Bill passed by the National Assembly last week.
Sadly, many of the capital items listed by the DPR in the 2017 budget were already appropriated for in the 2016 budget, with huge amounts allocated to them.
Now, in the 2017 bill, the DPR is seeking to spend N155 million on the purchase of computers; N139.906 million for the purchase of firefighting equipment; N234.4 million for research and development, while computer software acquisition would gulp N83 million.
Recall that in the 2016 Appropriation Act, research and development and software acquisition gulped N98.041 million and N366.218 million respectively, while N163.636 million was earmarked for the purchase of firefighting equipment.
So, Nigerians are asking, what went wrong in 2016?