The federal government has excluded proposals for the acquisition of vehicles and purchase of furniture from the 2019 budget.
The other ‘traditional’ features expenditure in the annual including welfare packages, software, computers, uniforms and clothing, refreshment and meals subscription to professional bodies, maintenance of office building/residential quarters, budget preparation, residential rents, etc will not feature in the budget.
In the 2019 budget circular signed by the minister of budget and national planning, Mr. Udoma Udo Udoma, sets out the requirements and instructions that must be satisfied and followed in the preparation of the 2019 Federal Government budget proposal.
The document says in part: “Only expenditures on programmes/projects that are truly of a capital-nature, and which align with government priorities will be admitted into MDAs’ capital budget proposals.
“Except where absolutely critical to the functioning of respective MDAs, proposals such as expenditure on vehicles, furnishing, construction or purchase of office or residential buildings and equipping of non-critical offices will not be accommodated in the 2019 budget.
“MDAs are reminded not to provide for recurrent expenditure in their capital budget. The Budget Office shall reallocate any such provisions to capital projects within/outside the MDAs as it deems.”