Thrifty Buhari wants to cut back on recurrent spending

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the National Planning Commission (NPC) to produce a framework for a 2016 national budget that will reduce recurrent expenditure and prioritize developmental projects.

Buhari gave the directive on Monday after the executive secretary of the commission, Bassey Akpanyung, briefed him on the NPC’s state of affairs.

In a statement by the Senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, noted that at the briefing, Buhari told Akpanyung and directors of the NPC that capital projects must now be given the fullest possible priority.

“In carrying out its surveillance role on the economy, review and appraisal of policies, the Commission should devise a plan for a realignment of the budget so that capital projects can be really prioritized,” Buhari said in the statement.

Akpanyung had earlier informed Buhari that Nigeria’s planning system faces many challenges. Akpanyung listed the challenges to include the non-alignment of national plans with the annual budget and poor capability in the departments of planning, research and statistics in government ministries.

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