The Brain Builders Youth Development Initiative (BBYDI), a civil society organization, has raised concerns over the allocation of N680 million for Constituency Projects and the procurement of new Prado jeeps for the Kwara State House of Assembly Speaker and his deputy in the 2024 budget.
In a statement issued on Sunday by Abideen Olasupo, the Global Director of BBYDI, the organization sought an explanation for the proposed purchase of two Prado Jeeps worth N100 million each for the Speaker and his Deputy. This comes after N148.8 million was reportedly spent on similar items in the 2023 budget.
BBYDI commended the Kwara State government for certain improvements observed in the 2024 budget proposal presented by Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq. However, the group expressed concerns about vague and frivolous items in the proposed budget.
The civil society organization specifically queried the allocation of N2.214 billion for the Management and Administration of the Kwara State House of Assembly and an additional N480 million for Grassroots Development and Empowerment.
They also sought clarification on the recurring expenditure of N680 million for Constituency Projects and the procurement of Prado jeeps.
While acknowledging positive steps in financial planning, BBYDI demanded clarifications on various aspects of the budget, including missing overhead descriptions, unclear and non-specific line items, repetitive and frivolous items.
The organization questioned the allocation of N150 million for Digital Education, in addition to the N3.5 billion budgetary provision for KwaraLearn in 2024.
They sought clarification on the N1 billion budgeted for Adeta School and the N5 billion earmarked for the Global Partnership for Education (GPE).
BBYDI also raised concerns about the allocation of N500 million for ‘MSMEs Support Fund’ under the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Technology, questioning its distinction from the Kwarapreneur programme.
They sought clarification on the N4 billion allocated for Owo Isowo and Owo Arugbo, along with N831 million for NG Cares under KWASSIP.
Additionally, the organization demanded explanations for the allocation of N6 billion for KwIRS Financial Consulting, especially considering the previous spending of N1.1 billion as of September 2023.
They called for details on the intended use of the Emergency Intervention Fund and the justification for the N2.5 billion allocated for ‘Financial Consulting’ under the Ministry of Finance.
BBYDI’s detailed scrutiny of the budget reflects a commitment to transparency, accountability, and effective financial management in Kwara State. The organization seeks thorough explanations to ensure clarity and address any potential inconsistencies in the budget proposal.