The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has claimed he was ignorant of the N398 million his ministry voted for the purchase of computers in their 2016 budget.
Mohammed made this known on Wednesday during the defence of his Ministry’s 2016 budget before the Senate Committee on Information.
According to Mohammed, the N230m and N168m voted for the purchase of computers for the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, and the National Film and Video Censors Board, NFVCB, was strange to him.
“No, that is not possible. That was definitely not what was proposed, this cannot be,” he said.
In a swift reaction, an official of the Ministry pointed out that N5m was what was proposed for the item in the original budget of the NFVCB.
The Chairman of the Committee, Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe in his reaction said, “The difference between N5 million and N168 million is huge.”
He further expressed his displeasure with the N230m for the purchase of the same item as captured under “Capital Votes” in the 2016 budget of NAN.