First let me take you through what budget padding means so you can understand the offence committed by Edo state perm sec. Dr. (Ms) Osayuware Idahosa.
Padding the budget means making the budget proposal larger than the actual estimates for the project. This is done either by increasing a project’s expenses or decreasing its expected revenue. Many see budget padding as unethical, but its practitioners defend it on the grounds of practicality.
Godwin Obaseki, Edo state governor, has ordered the sack of the state’s permanent secretary in the Ministry of Youth and Special Duties, Dr. (Ms) Osayuware Idahosa, for padding of the budget for the conduct of primary school examination to the tune of N283 million. Three other civil servants involved were sent on suspension for their role in the scam.
According to reports, Dr. Idahosa was handed over to the State Civil Service Commission for appropriate action, in line with the rules and guidelines of the state civil service. Other state workers who were also involved in the scam are:
Barr. S. A. Erhunmwunse Edokpayi,
Mrs. E.I. Ero-Ugiagbe and
Mr. Lucky Adagbonyin.
They were penalized with an indefinite suspension without pay and would be investigated by a panel to be set up by the state government.
Addressing newsmen after the Exco meeting, the state’s Commissioner for Communication and Orientation, Paul Ohonbamu, said that the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Prof. Yinka Omorogbe, submitted a report on the panel of inquiry into the conduct of the 2016/2017 Primary School Leaving Certificate Examination. Ohonbamu said the State Executive Council similarly set up a committee headed by Employment and Wealth Creation Commissioner Emmanuel Usoh to investigate the removal of about 350 private schools from the list of eligible schools to participate in the Primary School Leaving Certificate Examination and also the conditions that led to the relisting of these schools shortly after they were delisted.